An FBI raid rescued 105 sex-trafficked children and arrested 150 pimps in 76 American cities earlier this week. The majority of these trafficked victims were young girls, ranging in ages from 13 to 17.
The pimps, lured American children in with similar methods used by traffickers in the developing world. Traffickers often deceit their victims by promising them a better life, with security, both economically and emotionally. Yet these pimps are only preying on the victims vulnerability and using them for sexual exploitation.
Sex trafficking, whether it be in America or the developing world is modern day slavey. More women and girls are shipping into brothels annually now, in the early 21st century, than Africa slaves were shipped into slave pantations in the 18th century. An estimated 5.5 million children are trafficked annually for forced child labor and sexual exploitation. As shown in this recent trafficking bust, children trafficked can be as young as 13 and even younger in other parts of the world.
Combating child sex trafficking across all borders is imperative for the rights of children globally. As advocates, help Strong Women, Strong World put an end to this extreme injustice.