Helping Create a Culture Free of Modern Day Slavery
Trafficking in America Task Force, along with its global partners are working to bring an end to human trafficking. We work together with local, state and congressional lawmakers and train law enforcement, medical and mental health professionals to help bring an end to the scourge of human trafficking.
Human Trafficking Facts:
-The United Nations describes human trafficking as “recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.”
-The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of $32 billion. (United Nations)
-More than 85 million children worldwide are subjected to hazardous physical labor, commercial sex exploitation, fighting as child soldiers, and child trafficking.
-UNICEF estimates there are nearly two million children in the commercial sex trade.
-FBI Report on Crime 2011: " The average age of a victim of child sex trafficking is 13, and the life expectancy after becoming a victim of child sex trafficking is 7 years."
--The U.S. Department of Justice estimates close to 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in the United States.
-The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates a pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child a year and the average pimp has 4 to 6 girls.
-"Statistics underestimate the number of familial traffickers; potentially as many as 30% of domestically trafficked minors are exploited by family members. This is particularly true when there is non-monetary exchange as part of the transaction, such as a mother allowing a person to have sex with her daughter for drugs."
-Linda Struble, Shared Hope International
-One in seven endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2013 were likely sex trafficking victims. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children).
-Shared Hope International's Demanding Justice Project report studied over 113 cases where buyers were found guilty of buying sex with a minor found that the average jail time served for someone found guilty of buying sex with a child is about 1.5 years.
Male Victims of Human Trafficking: An Invisible Population
In a 2008 study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, of those who were sexually exploited in New York, fifty percent of victims were found to be boys from the United States, being trafficked domestically.
Historically, women have been identified as the overwhelming majority of victims of human trafficking but recent studies have shown male victims of trafficking have been severely overlooked. In a 2008 study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, of those who were sexually exploited in New York, fifty percent of victims were found to be boys from the United States, being trafficked domestically. Until now anti-trafficking organizations have been focused on female victims but that tide is now starting to turn. A 2013 study by the organization ECPAT discovered males are more likely to be arrested for shoplifting or other petty crimes even though they are being trafficked sexually.
"For seven long years I was trapped in a hell no one deserves. I was nothing more than a shell of a human being enduring suffering and torture at the hands of psychopaths and sociopaths as the world looked on. I attended school, and from the outside appeared to be a “normal child” but I was being trafficked in plain sight. I will never know the joy of being a carefree child lying in a field watching clouds as I imagine figures in their gentle shapes.
What I can do is fight until my dying breath so that every child can experience this and stop the tragedy of another vandalized childhood"
President and CEO Trafficking in America Task Force
Child Sex Trafficking Survivor
Recipient of the Award for Courage presented by the National Council of Jewish Women
Member ECPAT Global Survivors Forum
Member ECPAT Global Network of Survivor Led Organizations
Staff Writer and Columnist for Communities Digital News
Special Advisor to the Utah Attorney General
Marine Corps Veteran
"It began because I was a child desperate for affection. The relative who was a predator took advantage of that., and basically coerced me into trafficking using drugs and alcohol and threats of violence," recounted Elam.
Watch Jerome Elam's WJXX ABC 25 TV / WTLV NBC12 TV Interview About Being a Survivor of Child Sex Trafficking