Sex trafficking is the world’s fastest growing criminal industry,
affecting every nation across the globe.
– 80% of trafficking victims are female.
– 70% of those are trafficked into the commercial sex industry.
– Up to 90% of women in the sex industry have a history of sexual abuse as children..
– 89% of women say they wanted to escape but had no other means of survival..
 Time Magazine reported an estimated annual profit of $100 billion from sex trafficking alone.
This exceeds the annual revenue of Google, Nike, and Starbucks combined.
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– 100% of women in the sex trade have reported to be physically assaulted during work-related activities at least once.
– There are 27 million victims of commercial sexual servitude, forced labor, and bonded labor worldwide.
– Women who work in the sex industry suffer from PTSD at rates equivalent to veterans of combat war.
1. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2009, Trafficking in Persons: Global Patterns, Available: http://www.unodc.org/documents/human-trafficking/Global_Report_on_TIP.pdf
2. U.S. Department of Justice, Assessment of U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons: 2004
3. Alegria, M., Vera, M., Freeman, D., Robles, R., Santos, M., & Rivera, C., (1994). HIV infection, risk behaviors, and depressive symptoms among Puerto Rican sex workers. American Journal of Public Health, 84(12), 2000-2002
4. Melissa Farley, from “Prostitution and Trafficking in Nine Countries: An Update on Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder” www.prostitutionresearch.com
5. Belinda Luscombe, from “Inside the Scarily Lucrative Business Model of Human Trafficking” http://time.com/105360/inside-the-scarily-lucrative-business-model-of-human-trafficking/
6. Ariz Anklesaria, Julie Gentile, “Psychotherapy with Women Who Have Worked in the Sex Industry” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3508959/