How many child victims of sex trafficking are there in the United States today? Honestly, it depends on who you ask. Surprisingly, there are no comprehensive surveys of the illegal commercial sex industry in the United States which would likely uncover the extent of the problem.
The only hard numbers we have must be dug out of arrest data, victims identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Innocence Lost Task Forces, and, on cases compiled by the Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS) of victims, identified during human trafficking investigations and prosecutions.
Those numbers reflect victims who have been found. Sadly, the number of victims still out there is unknown. [more ...]
The November 2011 Family Voice Insight, "Sex Trafficking of Children: What are the Numbers?" is published for the Web via Adobe Acrobat. The Acrobat Reader is available for free by visiting Get.Adobe.com/Reader/
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