Human Trafficking Prevention/Intervention Toolkit
Sex trafficking occurs when people are forced or coerced into the commercial sex trade against their will. Sex trafficking often involves children and teenagers of all ages. Sex traffickers frequently target vulnerable people, like children and teenagers, and those people with histories of neglect, abuse and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage, or other forms of control and manipulation to keep victims involved in the sex industry. Sex trafficking exists within the broader commercial sex trade, often at much larger rates than most people realize or understand. Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues of the overall sex industry, including residential brothels, hostess clubs, online escort services, brothels disguised as massage parlours, strip clubs, and street prostitution. It is imperative for citizens to become more aware of this threat to the safety and well-being of children, teenagers, and young adults.