Sex Trafficking In The U.S. Is A Scandal
There’s an epidemic of sexual slavery in our country.
Sex trafficking — forcing women and girls into organized prostitution operations – doesn’t affect only victims from abroad. Many women and girls right here are subject to sexual exploitation by traffickers who earn millions of dollars in this horrifying way.
According to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, forced prostitution should be “a national scandal.” He added, “It’s not just foreign women. The worst cases of prostitution, especially of children, often involve home-grown teenage runaways.” Often the victims are kept in a house and forced to have sex with as many customers as possible every day.
Earlier this year, BettyConfidential spoke to Elisha Krauss of StopChildTraffickingNow, who said that women and girls sold into slavery are also at risk of sexually transmitted diseases, and have no money that would allow them to escape.
Astonishingly, the United Nations lists the kidnapping and selling of girls and women for sexual slavery as the number-three black-market industry worldwide. (The first is arms dealing and the second is drug dealing.) Because the industry is so hidden, it’s impossible to estimate how much money traffickers make in the U.S., but it’s likely to be in the millions annually.
To combat the traffickers, law enforcement should pursue predators rather than individual prostitutes, Kristof says. “Nearly 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation,” Kristof wrote, “it’s time to wipe out the remnants of slavery in this country.” (newyorktimes)
Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.