Trafficking FAQs

Facts and figures about trafficking:


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American kids at risk of being victims each year


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yearly $ average a trafficker makes on one child

Read this one page pdf with some more shocking facts.

YES - it's happening all across AZ and it could be just down the block.

Domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST), which is the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) through buying, selling, or trading their sexual services, is happening all over the US.

Forms of DMST include prostitution, pornography, stripping and other sexual acts.

The age of trafficked children varies.

Nationally, the average age a child is trafficked into prostitution is 13 years old, however in Arizona the average age of entry is 14.

When a child has been sold a common ten times a night, six nights a week, by the eighteenth birthday they will have been statutorily raped 15,600 times.


The FBI states that the average life expectancy of a child once in prostitution is 7 years due to homicide and HIV/AIDS.

The health problems seen in victims of trafficking are a result of several factors: malnutrition, sleep deprivation, extreme stress, and severe physical and mental abuse.

Trafficking is a crime against the person

Human smuggling is inherently an international, trans-border crime. Smuggling is a crime in the United States whereby a smuggler transports an undocumented person from a source country into the United States.

Human Trafficking is a crime against a person by using force, fraud or coercion to induce a commercial sex act or labor. The crime of trafficking does not always involve transportation of victims.

Often times foster children and runaway/throwaway children are the most vulnerable.

Vulnerable girls may be recruited by friends or over the internet. Traffickers often act as a boyfriend (a “romeo pimp”), use force tactics such as kidnapping (a “guerilla pimp”), they might befriend a victim or require one of their current victims to befriend a new girl. And it happens to young boys, too!

It's appalling to learn that all the tips are on the Internet

Victims are controlled by their traffickers through beatings, isolation, starvation, and psychological abuse, threats against family or friends, rape, debt bondage and drug dependency.

Instructions about how to be a successful trafficker and recruit girls can easily be found on YouTube, social media sites and the internet. The modern day trafficker may appear like a relatively normal guy to a vulnerable girl.

Traffickers are master manipulators and use tactics to create a trauma bond between the victim and trafficker.

Our young people often feel there's no alternative.

Survival sex is when a person trades sex acts (including prostitution, stripping, pornography, etc.) to meet the basic needs of survival such as food, clothing and shelter.

According to a recent study by the National Institute of Health, nearly one third of all street youth have engaged in survival sex. Read the New York Covenant House study on this topic.

Knowledge is power.

This topic can be overwhelming if you are learning about the issue for the first time. Many people jump right in and attempt to learn everything they can immediately by watching movies, reading books and scouring websites.

At TRUST, we recommend that you take it slow.

Learn a little bit each day.

Give yourself time to digest the information and take self-care steps to ensure that you are not traumatized and are empowered to make a difference in our state.

When you're ready, take a look at some ways you can take action.

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