Fact: Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST), which is the commercial sexual exploitation of children through buying, selling, or trading their sexual services, is happening in the United States. Forms of DMST include prostitution, pornography, stripping and other sexual acts.

1. Myth: Child Sex Trafficking is not happening in the United States.

Fact: According to the Department of Justice, forty percent of all human trafficking cases opened for investigation between January 2008 and June 2010 were for the sexual trafficking of a child.

2. Myth: Women and girls choose a life of prostitution.

Fact: Traffickers and pimps use physical, emotional and psychological abuse to coerce young women and girls into a life in sex trafficking. They often use “lover-boys” to recruit girls from middle schools and high schools.

Fact: The average age a child is first exploited through prostitution is 13 years old. If the child is a minor, they cannot legally consent to having sex.

3. Myth: Only a small percentage of people view child pornography or purchase kids for sex.

Fact: 1 out of every 5 pornographic images is of a child; and 55% of child pornography comes from the U.S.

Fact: The sale of child pornography in the U.S. has become more than a $3 billion annual industry.

4. Myth: Pornography isn’t harmful to me or anyone else.

Fact: In a study of 932 sex addicts, 90% of the men, and 77% of the women indicated that looking at pornography “played a significant role in their addiction.”

Fact: According to several leading U.S. psychologists, pornography addicts have a more difficult time recovering from their addiction than cocaine addicts, since coke users can get the drug out of their system, but pornographic images stay in the brain forever.

Fact: Viewing pornography essentially rewires the brain and drastically influences how dopamine and other chemicals are received and used in the brain. (see “Wired For Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain by William M. Struthers”).

Myth: Human trafficking does not occur in the United States. It only happens in other countries.

Fact: Human trafficking exists in every country, including the United States.  It exists nationwide—in cities, suburbs, and rural towns—and possibly in your own community.

Myth:  Human trafficking victims are only foreign born individuals and those who are poor.

Fact: Human trafficking victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. They may come from any socioeconomic group.

Myth: Human trafficking is only sex trafficking.

Fact: Sex trafficking exists, but it is not the only type of human trafficking. Forced labor is another type of human trafficking; both involve exploitation of people. Victims are found in legitimate and illegitimate labor industries, including sweatshops, massage parlors, agriculture, restaurants, hotels, and domestic service.

Myth:  Individuals must be forced or coerced into commercial sex acts to be victims of human trafficking.

Fact: Under U.S. federal law, any minor under the age of 18 who is induced to perform commercial sex acts is a victim of human trafficking, regardless of whether he or she is forced or coerced.

References:
McGee, L, et al., Human Trafficking. Let's Talk About Boyz Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Series for Teen Girls. 2020;183-184.

Taking prevention measures is one way of assuring possible safety for your teens. Below is provided a list of actions to consider.

1. Invest in the "Let's Talk About Boyz Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Series for Teen Girls 14 session series. This series educates and provides helpful applications regarding all forms of domestic violence and human/sex trafficking prevention.

2. Consider taking self-defense classes

3. Regardless of where you go consider taking a friend or love one. More options are available in the series above.

“The Let’s Talk About Boyz Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Series for Teen Girls” provides 14 incredible sessions of engaging guided topics, interactive applications, evidence-based content along with relevant randomized Q & A’s and scenario's and extraordinary creative design that addresses;

• Preventative safeguards and insight for teen girls from the insidious lures and malicious traps of human trafficking.
• Female adolescents can learn to identify and recognize forms of abuse, the cycles of abuse, how to identify abusive behaviors and how to prevent becoming a victim of abuse before it happens. In addition,
• This extraordinary series helps teens how to recognize profiles of a stalker patterns and profile indicators of a rapist and much, much, more.
Teen girls will also learn the importance of;

This series also encourages teen girls to consider disregard of dating and sustaining from sexual  conduct or intimate behaviors until an appropriate age and maturity level along with taking a look at some of the emotional and physical consequences resulting from intimate relationships.

In addition, this series offers fun filled, empowering applications with the intent to build self-esteem and positive self-image. Along with developing social-emotional learning skills that enables teen girls to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life, make mature decisions and focus on personal interest and high academic performance.

The series requires no formal experience. Allow the guide to do all the work for you! Adding your own opinions based on professional or personal experience as it relates to each topic is always helpful and encouraged.

However, the guides process of instruction is to help initiate a flow of discussions either lead by participant/s, groups of girls or by the instructor (you). Each segment gives details and evident-base facts associated with each topics eliminating any guess work enabling trusting relationships while enjoying a bonding experience.

 

 

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