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2019 (Narrative date)

There are an estimated 403,000 people living in modern slavery in the United States (GSI 2018). Sex trafficking exists throughout the country. Traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage and other forms of coercion to compel adults and children to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. The situations that sex trafficking victims face vary, many victims become romantically involved with someone who then forces them into prostitution. Others are lured with false promises of a job, and some are forced to sell sex by members of their own families. Victims of sex trafficking include both foreign nationals and US citizens, with women making up the majority of those trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation. In 2015, the most reported venues/industries for sex trafficking included commercial-front brothels, hotel/motel-based trafficking, online advertisements with unknown locations, residential brothels, and street-based sex trafficking.

Brian* was trafficked by his dad when he was eleven years old. He was taken to an old house for child sexual exploitation. He was locked in a basement and raped, drugged, and beaten by different men.

My dad took the abuse to another level at 11 years old. One day, he made me get ready, he took me to an old house in a nearby city, where other girls and I, were pretty much being rented out for sex. I was drugged, raped, and beaten by a man I had never met, in a basement where there were several other girls and men. I was the youngest person there that day. Within a year, being raped, drugged and beaten by different men, became normal to me. A few time, my dad would chain me up to a pole in the basement, and let men have their way with me. Unfortunately, my dad was also an ‘ordained minister,’ who never actually preached anywhere, except for when he twisted the Bible to manipulate me. He had me convinced that God was just like him and that he would treat me the same way. I believed I was a worthless, useless, stupid, human being, created only to be hurt.

*name given

Narrative source Youth Underground, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing human trafficking through youth education, awareness-raising and advocacy.

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