Big Pimpin', A Big Problem
Human Trafficking in Our Nation's Capitol
In our nation's capitol, Washington D.C., the place where laws are written to protect our freedom; many young women and girls are held in modern-day slavery. Modern slavery takes many forms: commercial, sex acts, labor services, and domestic/farm workers. Many people think that human trafficking happens in other poor countries, but the majority of the victims are citizens of the U.S.
Human trafficking happens in in many states around our country. The F.B.I. has identified Washington D.C.as on of the 14 major sex trafficking centers in the United States.
Many people are affected. Female adults and children make up most of the victims in sex trafficking cases. When human slavery is involved it should affect every human being; because it could be your family member.
- Women make up 85% of the victims in sex trafficking cases, and men in 40% of labor trafficking cases.
- The U.S. Department of Justice reported that human trafficking has become the second fastest growing criminal business, second to drug trafficking. Children account for roughly half of all victims.
- There are an estimated 293,000 American youths currently are at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation. The majority of these victims are runaway or thrown-away youths who live on the streets and become victims of prostitution.
- The average age a child is first exploited is between 11 and 13 years old.
- Human Trafficking in the U.S. is a $9.8 Billion industry.
- Over the past two years, The U.S. Attorney's office for has successfully prosecuted 24 federal cases against 57 defendants engaged in human trafficking in Northern Virginia. The cases involved 388 victims of sexual exploitation, 38 were children.
The first step in stopping human trafficking is to educate yourself. Then educate your friends and family. The second thing you can do is care; if you see something happening that does not seem right report it to someone you trust or to the authorities. If you have a friend that is in trouble encourage them to get help.