Basics of Sex Trafficking – Part 2

Part 1 of this series explained the basic elements and players of The Game. The following helps answer a few common questions that we hear about it.

  • Why Don’t the Victims Just Leave the Game?
  • Isn’t this a harmless crime?

Why They Don’t Leave

About 89 percent of people in prostitution wanted to escape that life and stayed anyway because of the following reasons:

  • Pimp tells her she is committing a crime and police are her enemy
  • Pimp creates fear in her that he will hurt her or her family
  • Pimp controls her kid(s)
  • Blackmail (threatens to release videos of her being raped)
  • Addicted to drugs
  • She is in love with the pimp (trauma bond – abuse cycle)
  • Shame and isolated from family and social networks
  • Truly believe they are making a lot of money (pimp is “holding it”)
  • The only area of their lives that they feel they are valuable
  • Nowhere to go that is safe

The tools of guilt, shame, fear and violence are applied relentlessly by the Traffickers upon the Victims to keep them in The Game.

The Impacts of The Game

The legal system is learning that the long-held view of prostitution being a victimless crime is false. There are no winners in this game. All of the players are broken and need true healing that only Jesus Christ can bring. The harsh facts about what is really happening includes the following.

  • Average age of entry is between 13 to 15 years old
  • Life expectancy in The Game is 7 years
  • Violence is a constant threat (from pimps and from buyers)
    • Rape
    • Murder
    • Assaults
    • Robbery
    • Kidnapping
  •  Sexually transmitted diseases are rampant — can affect innocent wives, girlfriends
  • $99 billion globally from sex trafficking
  • Human trafficking is the second largest international crime industry
  • 1.2 – 1.8 Million children are sex trafficked each year in 161 countries around the globe
  • 100,000 – 300,000 children are sex trafficked each year in the United States

In Part 3 of this series, we talk about what the role of pornography is in The Game.