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Sex trafficking is a crime that is almost exclusively occurring in the sex industry, according to new research from the US Department of Justice.
“We’re seeing an increase in sex trafficking across the board,” said Sarah B. Haggerty, senior policy analyst at the National Center for Victims of Crime.
“There are a lot of people working in the escort industry.
We’re seeing a lot more of these people coming forward.
They’re looking for opportunities to exploit the vulnerable and to sell their services for a profit.”
Haggerty said the number of sex trafficking victims has doubled over the past year and a half, which is a sharp increase from the prior year, which saw only a few hundred victims.
The number of trafficking victims was almost doubled from last year, when there were only about 2,000.
Haggertty also said that sex trafficking is increasingly a profitable enterprise.
“It’s a business model that’s very lucrative,” she said.
“In some ways it’s even profitable.
It’s not just a business, it’s a lifestyle.”
The US Department for Homeland Security (DHS) estimated that over a year ago there were about 13,000 reported sex trafficking incidents across the country.
Hagerty said there has been a significant rise in the number in the last few months, as people are more aware of the issue.
“What I think is particularly interesting about this is that the majority of victims that are reporting to the authorities are young, unmarried women,” she explained.
“They’re often from low-income families, and they’re often forced into sex trafficking because of poverty or because of lack of support.”
Haganty said that the increase in the numbers of victims has been particularly noticeable in the first six months of this year.
“That’s when we saw the most significant increase in reports,” she noted.
“The majority of the victims were under the age of 25, and a lot were female.
I think that’s been a real testament to the severity of this issue.”
Haggart’s report found that between November and December, there were 2,567 reported sex abuse incidents, with an estimated average age of 13.
Haggarty said that although the increase is not as dramatic as other times, it is still a significant increase, and it shows that the problem is not going away.
“I think that we have to keep pushing the message that we’re not going to allow this to go away,” she continued.
“We have to continue to keep educating the public about this issue, and that’s going to be critical.”
The problem with prostitution in the US is that there are so many barriers, and the stigma that many people experience when they come forward to report it, Boggart said.
“One of the challenges with prostitution is that so many people do not see themselves as being a victim of trafficking,” she added.
“And that is a huge challenge when you have people that do not want to come forward, and so they’re not willing to be an advocate for those victims.”
The Department of Homeland Security and the US Attorney’s office have released new guidelines for sex trafficking in the United States.
They recommend that agencies and law enforcement officers use existing training, policies and laws to protect and serve vulnerable people, particularly children, who are at risk.
“Sex trafficking is about exploiting a vulnerable person,” Haggerterty explained.
“That’s what trafficking is.
And that’s what prostitution is.”