Teen girls are lured, coerced or kidnapped from school grounds, walking home from school, abducted off their front porch, in a parking lot or setup by someone they thought they trusted, just to find themselves sex trafficked, being sold as a slave for sex, sometimes up to 30 times a day in exchange for money. The commercial sex industry is targeting teen girls as young as 8 years of age at alarming rates. CHILDREN ARE BEING ABDUCTED EVERY 7 MINUTES.
In addition, 1 in 4 teen girls are subjected to teen dating violence.
Understanding the pervasiveness of sex trafficking and teen dating violence along with how to avoid the lures of being trafficked or abused is essential.
Educating utilizing a user-friendly sex trafficking and teen dating violence awareness and prevention tool is key to safeguarding tween and teen girls.
The Reality of Teen Dating Violence...
• Girls and young women between the ages of 13 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
• Among female victims 94% of those age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
• Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
• The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.
• 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men in the United States is raped during his/her lifetime.
• 19.3 million women and 5.1 million men in the United States have been stalked.
• Intimate partner victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
• Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse.
• Additional, risk is eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
• Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get a STI.
The Reality of Sex Trafficking ...
♦ It’s estimated that internationally there are between 20 million and 40 million people in modern slavery today.
♦ Assessing the full scope of human trafficking is difficult because so cases so often go undetected, something the United Nations refers to as “the hidden figure of crime.
♦ Estimates suggest that, internationally, only about .04% survivors of human trafficking cases are identified,
♦ ...meaning that the vast majority of cases of human trafficking go undetected.
♦ Human trafficking earns global profits of roughly $150 billion a year for traffickers, $99 billion of which comes from commercial sexual exploitation.
♦ Globally, an estimated 71% of enslaved people are women and girls, while men and boys account for 29%.
♦ Estimates suggest that about 50,000 people are trafficked into the US each year, most often from Mexico and the Philippines.
♦ In 2018, over half (51.6%) of the criminal human trafficking cases active in the US were sex trafficking cases involving only children.
♦ Reports indicate that a large number of child sex trafficking survivors in the US were at one time in the foster care system.
♦ Advocates report a growing trend of traffickers using online social media platforms to recruit and advertise targets of human trafficking.
♦ The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the US is 12 to 14 years old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.