The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act – bipartisan legislation I sponsored with @SenRobPortman – was approved by the Senate Commerce Committee this morning.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) November 8, 2017
71 Percent of Human Trafficking Victims Are Women and Girls
The FBI rescued 84 children from the grips of a multistate human trafficking ring and arrested 120 traffickers on Wednesday, the agency said in a statement. Operation Cross Country XI focused the attention of law enforcement agencies on a single goal: taking out “pimps” who run human trafficking rings.
300,000 children in the United States are prostituted each year; are victims of child sex trafficking. The number is disturbing, to say the least. 2 million children are victims of child sex trafficking each year across the globe. The number is staggering, and hard to believe.
According to a new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ( UNODC), the vast majority of all human trafficking victims – some 71 per cent – are women and girls and one third are children.
She looks straight into my eyes, her voice cracking slightly, as she tells me the number she wants me to remember — 43,200. By her own estimate, 43,200 is the number of times she was raped after falling into the hands of human traffickers.
On the last night of her life last December, 16-year-old Desiree Robinson was driven by her “pimp” to the home of a 32-year-old man looking to engage in sex with a minor. The Chicago man had seen Robinson’s picture listed on the classified advertising website Backpage.com under the title, “New Girl in Town Looking to Have Fun.”
It’s a vicious cycle that law enforcement in the U.S. sees time and time again. Women can be pulled in to commercial sex through gangs or pimps-the former function as delivery services, taking women to houses in the area they control, while the latter focus on hotels and street level prostitution, according to Woolf.