A form of modern day slavery known as "trafficking in persons". The the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery. Sex trafficking occurs when a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or when the person induced to perform such acts has not attained 18 years of age. Trafficking happens in every country, including the United States of America. According to research,17 million fall victim to traffickers and 200,000 enter the United States annually.
Each year sexual traffickers lure, coerce, trick, drug, kidnap, and sell millions of vulnerable women and children into the multi-billion dollar sex trade. In their daily lives victims of sexual trafficking endure unspeakable acts of physical brutality, violence and degradation including rape by so-called customers and pimps; undergo forced abortions; acquire drug and alcohol dependencies; live in fear of their lives and in fear for the lives of their family and friends; suffer acute psychological reactions as a result of their extreme physical and emotional trauma; and contract sexually transmitted diseases which all too often bring life-long illness or hasten death. If they survive, the physical, psychological and spiritual impacts of these experiences on victims are devastating and enduring. (Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking, Accessed October 31, 2007)