Every year, millions of vulnerable children and women are trafficked for sex around the world. The nightmare of sex trafficking thrives when law enforcement cannot or does not protect vulnerable children and women.
Pimps and brothel owners often lure impoverished women with promises of a proper job, but then force them to sell their bodies over and over again. At other times, these traffickers trick families into giving up young girls, or they kidnap them to fetch a high price in the sex trade. Controlled with fear and violence, trafficking victims are left vulnerable to repeated abuse and disease. Many lose hope of ever getting help.
Sex trafficking is on the rise as internet access increases everywhere. Now, paedophiles anywhere in the world can direct live sexual abuse of boys and girls hidden in private homes or internet cafes. Learn more about online sexual exploitation of children here.