Trafficking Humans for Sex – especially minors – is a tragedy taking place across our nation every day. The weakest and most vulnerable among us are sold and sold again by criminals who exploit their victims for profit while weak laws fail to deter or prosecute those who pay to abuse others.
After nearly disappearing in the 90s, the spread of child sexual abuse material exploded with the rise of the internet, while child sex trafficking increased with exposure to a greater market online. Today, the problem is complex and still growing.
In 2004 there were 450,000 files* – in 2015 there are 25 million files*
*The number of child sexual abuse files reviewed by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
63% of victimized minors have been advertised online
As many as 1 in 7 runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children likely became victims of sex trafficking.
(Source – thorn.org)
Florida Facts Regarding Human Trafficking
Florida ranks #3 in the nation for Human Trafficking
Half of the sex victims in the U.S are 17 years old or younger
In Miami-Dade approximately 40% of our total victims are minors, and 60% are adults (average age of adult being 18-23 years old).
In Miami-Dade, 96% of our minor victims are females, and 92% of our adult victims are female.
(Source – Miami-Dade State Attorney)