Trafficking women and children for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.

1. This, despite the fact international law and the laws of 158 countries criminalize most forms of trafficking.

2. Sex trafficking is a lucrative industry making an estimated $99 billion a year.

3. At least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labor and bonded labor.

4. About 2 million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade.

5. 54% of trafficking victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation.

6. Women and girls make up 96% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

7. SEX TRAFFICKING IS A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION Sex trafficking –whether within a country or across national borders –violates basic human rights, including the rights to bodily integrity, equality, dignity, health, security, and freedom from violence and torture.

8.Key international human rights treaties, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), consider sex trafficking a form of sex discrimination and a human rights violation.8Survivors of sex trafficking tell stories of daily degradation of mind and body.

9.  Victims are often isolated, intimidated, sold into debt bondage and subject to physical and sexual assault by their traffickers. Most live under constant mental and physical threat. Many suffer severe emotional trauma, including symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and disassociation. They are at greater risk of contracting sexually transmissible infections, including HIV/AIDS. Many become pregnant and are forced to undergo often unsafe abortions.

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