A trafficker/pimp is any person who causes an adult (using force, fraud or coercion) or any minor to engage in commercial sex in order to profit from the exploitation of that individual.
The buyers of sex from juveniles can be anyone – professionals, students, tourists, military personnel, a family member. Because buyers often pay in cash and may interact with a victim for as little as five minutes, buyers are increasingly difficult to identify. To view information about buyers in your state, visit: demandingjustice.org
When the trafficker has gained a woman or child’s trust and love, he or she starts the “grooming” process. Traffickers worldwide practice this breaking-down process to achieve complete control over someone through a combination of physical, mental, and emotional means.
This process includes beatings, gang rape, confinement, torture, emotional abuse and insults, renaming and creating new identities, document confiscation, burning personal items, forced sexual education and pornography, and isolation. – See more at: About Sex Trafficking
How do traffickers or pimps recruit victims?
Many pimps often use a “lover-boy” technique to recruit girls from middle and high schools. A lover-boy will present himself as a boyfriend and woo the girl with gifts, promises of fulfilled dreams, protection, adventure – whatever she perceives she is lacking. Traffickers use social media sites to recruit teenagers. After securing her love and loyalty, he will force her into prostitution.
The following is a list of potential red flags and indicators of human trafficking to help you recognize the signs. If you see any of these red flags:
Contact: National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline: (888) 373-7888 for specialized victim services referrals or to report the situation.
Learn More: Reporting potential human trafficking situations
The presence of these red flags is an indication that further assessment may be necessary to identify a potential human trafficking situation. This list is not exhaustive and represents only a selection of possible indicators. Also, the red flags in this list may not be present in all trafficking cases and are not cumulative. Indicators reference conditions a potential victim might exhibit.
Common Work and Living Conditions:
Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior:
Poor Physical Health:
Lack of Control: