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If the victim is 14 to 17 years old, the sentence can range from 10 years to life. The law applies regardless of whether the child misrepresents herself or himself as an adult, and prosecutors are not required to prove that a defendant knew the victim was under the age of 18. * A 2011 U. Department of Justice study of 389 confirmed cases of sex trafficking involving 460 victims found that: • 94% of the victims were female and 6% were male. • 35% of the victims were black, 22% were white, 21% were Latino, 4% were Asian, and 18% were of other or unknown races.
• 54% of the victims were below the age of 18, 31% were ages 18 to 24, 10% were 25 and older, and 3% were of unknown ages. * For a University of Pennsylvania study of child sex trafficking, investigators interviewed children in 17 U. cities who were sexually exploited for profit via prostitution, pornography, stripping, etc. The study found: • Among 210 victims, 24% were from households in poverty, and 76% were from working- and middle-class households. • Among 107 girls and 63 boys who were prostituted, the "the age range of entry into prostitution" was 12-14 years for the girls and 11-13 years for the boys.   • "At least 95% of all the commercial sex engaged in by boys is provided to adult males."  * The following are excerpts from news reports about different types of sex trafficking cases in the U.
It was the nature of the business." Still another said, "If they were bleeding they could work for me."  * The following undercover footage is from Shared Hope International, an organization that "strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex slavery, restore victims of sex trafficking, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children." The video shows a trafficker demanding a premium for sex with a child.
Many of San Francisco's Asian massage parlors -- long an established part of the city's sexually permissive culture -- have degenerated into something much more sinister: international sex slave shops. Sex slaves who work in massage parlors and bars are often locked in their place of business by double security doors, monitored by surveillance cameras and only let outside under the guard of crooked taxi drivers who ferry them to their next sex appointment. Facilitators, or accomplices, avoid direct responsibility for sex trafficking crimes by creating distance from the immediate criminal activity, but they profit from and make possible the sex trafficking of children.
Some common facilitators in the crime of DMST [domestic minor sex trafficking] include taxi drivers, hotel workers, and owners of adult sexual entertainment venues. * Interviews conducted by the De Paul University College of Law with 25 ex-pimps in Chicago found that 60% of them said they had bribed police officers or public officials in order to conduct business, which sometimes included prostituting children. The website Backpage.com, which is owned by the founders of Village Voice Media,  accounted for about 80% of this revenue. * In July 2011, the mayor of Seattle reported that since the outset of 2010, 22 children "advertised on were recovered by the Seattle Police Department.
[Percival R.] Williams allegedly kept the women at his house or in nearby hotels, and would solicit clients for the women by placing sexually suggestive ads on the website They were convicted of using coercion and threats to force underage girls, some as young as 15, into prostitution.– Washington Times, 2011 On Monday, prosecutors in Brooklyn announced the indictments of the four people — two men and two women — on charges including sex trafficking, promoting prostitution and endangering the welfare of a child.Prostitutes as young as 15 were routinely beaten and deprived of food if they didn't earn 0 a day selling their bodies, the Brooklyn district attorney's office found. Consuelo Carreto Valencia, a 4-foot-10, 61-year-old grandmother, pleaded guilty in July to smuggling dozens of women from Mexico and violently coercing them to perform sex acts.Prosecutors said that Valencia was the matriarch of an extensive prostitution ring based in Mexico.