“You know this happens to boys…right?”

What is Human Trafficking?

“Trafficking in persons,” “human trafficking,” and “modern slavery” are umbrella terms—often used interchangeably—to refer to a crime whereby traffickers exploit and profit at the expense of adults or children by compelling them to perform labor or engage in commercial sex. When a person younger than 18 is used to perform a commercial sex act, it is a crime regardless of whether there is any force, fraud, or coercion. *

How is Sex trafficking defined?

Sex trafficking encompasses the range of activities involved when a trafficker uses force, fraud, or coercion to compel another person to engage in a commercial sex act or causes a child to engage in a commercial sex act.

The use of children in commercial sex is prohibited by law in the United States and most countries around the world.


HOw often does this happen?

During the last two decades, the share of children has increased to over 30 percent of detected victims. The share of boys detected has risen significantly when compared to girls.*

Over 1.2 million children are trafficked each year for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Conservative estimates say, of that number, over 400,000 are boys. They are abused because of the greed of “owners” and the lust of “clients.”

*Information provided from the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report

*Information provided by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime