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Sex Trafficking of Minors: How Many Juveniles Are Being Prostituted in the US? (revised in 2012) Michelle Stransky and David Finkelhor
from the Crimes Against Children Research Center
"There have been many attempts to estimate the number of juveniles who are being prostituted (or trafficked) within the United States. These estimates range from 1,400 to 2.4 million, although most fall between 300,000 and 600,000. BUT PLEASE DO NOT CITE THESE NUMBERS. READ ON. A close look at these diverse estimates reveals that none are based on a strong scientific foundation. They are mostly edu‐ cated guesses or extrapolations based on questionable as‐ sumptions. They do not have the substance of typically re‐ ported crime statistics, like the number of robberies or the number of child sexual abuse victims. The reality is that we do not currently know how many juveniles are being prostituted. Scientifically credible estimates do not exist. The most often cited estimates on the prostitution of juveniles (also known as domestic minor sex trafficking) will be described here and their source, along with the major problems with their validity."
And it gets worse:
"Despite the fact that the General Accounting Office estimates are obsolete, current groups concerned with child welfare still use this estimate....
As this critique of estimates suggest, there is currently no reliable estimate of juveniles who are prostituted in the US. Some current estimates are based upon “gut hunches” and “guesstimates” from almost thirty years ago. Others offer defi‐ nitions of sexual exchanges that may not actually constitute prostitution. Also, the methods used to create these estimates are often difficult to find, making them methodologically sus‐ pect. Organizations may recognize these problems but continue to cite such poorly calculated estimates.
People concerned about the problem very much want there to be a number that they can cite. Because other people have cited numbers, there has come to be a “collective intuition” about the rough magnitude based on these earlier claims. But in reality there is little scientific substance behind any of them. This is not an uncommon phenomenon in social problem analysis and has been called the “Woozle Effect” (Gelles 1980). The “Woozle Effect” occurs when one writer reports an estimate based on a typically weak methodology or “guesstimate” that is subsequently cited by other writers, but without the first writer’s caveats (Gelles 1980). Estimates of prostituted juveniles seem to have taken this path: the “gut hunches” of one author and the compiling of such hunches by the General Accounting Office have seemed to provide a basis for contemporary estimates of juveniles who are prostituted, despite the fact that the General Accounting Office states that the estimates in the literature are “general perceptions” (General Accounting Office, 1982).
What are journalists and scholars to do?
It is our suggestion that in the absence of any estimates with any good scientific basis, that scholars, writers and advocates stop using the unsubstantiated estimates and simply indicate that the true incidence is currently unknown. It is very frustrat‐ ing to write about a topic and not have an estimate of its magni‐ tude, but we believe that continued citation of unsupported estimates gives them credibility. Even writing that “No one knows how many juveniles are being prostituted, but estimates have been made from 1,400 to 2.4 million,” contributes to the problem. It gives people the impression that these are knowl‐ edgeable estimates about the current situation and that the real number lies somewhere in the middle of that range, which it may not.
For brief treatments of the problem, one can say simply: “Unfortunately, there are no credible or supported estimates about the size of the problem.” For more extended treatments of the problem, one can cite some of the statistics, but then indicate that these numbers are based mostly on guesses or extremely imprecise and speculative methodologies. It would be a good idea when citing any numbers to be sure to include the low end estimate from law enforcement of 1,400, since this is among the most recent and clearly defined of the estimates, and counters the assumption that all the estimates are large.
Why do they make this claim? All you need to do is look at their 990 tax returns and see how their donations from private and public organizations increase every year that they tell those lies. Being a 'victim pimp' pays far better than being a sex worker rights activist, that's for sure! You can read more about this and the numbers that don't add up by going to the "2012 Polaris Project Crisis Calls" (we have not yet added the charts and tables which show that somebody has a serious math problem and can't add up their own paltry numbers).
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Links to the FBI Bureau of Criminal Statistics 1981- 2011 CLICK ON YEAR TO GO TO THOSE STATS- CLICK ON LINK BELOW YEAR TO VIEW THE FBI UNIFORM CRIME REPORTS PAGES FOR EACH YEAR- NOTE: SOME UNIFORM CRIME REPORTS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE BACK TO 1995
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The following are links to the documents we downloaded from the FBI website. You can visit the FBI website and follow the steps to find the same information by clicking here: GUIDE TO FINDING GOVERNMENT STATISTICS
JUST HOW SERIOUS IS THE 'CRISIS' OF UNDERAGE PROSTITUTES NATIONWIDE? HERE ARE THE ARREST/ RESCUE STATISTICS FROM THE FBI 2008 TO 2013 [these are the numbers and stats provided by the US Government, and are not estimates or guesses- but the number of persons actually taken into custody by law enforcement agents]
number of child ‘rescues’ per city
number of agents per child rescues/ arrests
number of child prostitutes per alleged pimp
From 2011 to 2013: there were 75% more cities in 2013 than in 2011 in which this sting took place, with 75% more agents in 2013 than in 2011, and yet there was a mere 34% increase in victims rescued/ arrested? Conclusion: in 2012 and 2013, It took a combined additional 1,800 more agents in 36 more cities to rescue ONLY 36 more victims... percentage wise... that is a decrease from 2011...
Over the three years shown in this table, It took a total of 8,500 agents to rescue 253 victims... According to the Polaris Project (and other sources) there are an 'estimated 100,000- 300,000 children trafficked into prostitution EACH YEAR' so, after subtracting the 253 children rescued in these annual sting operations, we are left with a deficit of 299,747 child victims (using the 100,000 per year figure x 3). The number of minors arrested in 2011 as noted in the FBI Bureau of Justice Statistics was 741 females and 232 males (973). The arrest statistics for 2012 and 2013 are not available yet. So in 2011, there were 69 children rescued/ arrested during this sting operation and 973 rescued/ arrested throughout the year 2011 for a total of 1,042- IF the 69 child victims were NOT included in the 973 arrest statistics. If they WERE included, then in 2011 there are 99,027 'sex trafficking' minors unaccounted for, but if not and the total number of rescued/ arrested minors is 1,042- then there are approximately 98,958 missing sex trafficking victims. It means that with all the resources used to find those victims, law enforcement agencies managed to find only 1% of the guesstimated number of victims (at 100,000) or if we use the 300,000 guesstimated child victims, they rescued/ arrested about .35% of all the guesstimated child victims. No matter how you slice it, that is not a very good return on the resources spent. Considering that it is much easier to find victims who are being 'sold' over the internet than it was in the days when cops had to go out and search for them on the streets, it doesn't say much about the competence of the law enforcement agencies charged with finding all those victims.
Operation Cross Country VII (2013) "Recovering Victims of Child Sex Trafficking" (by which they mean "arresting victims to save them" 07/29/13
JULY 26 to July 28 "Operation Cross Country—a three-day nationwide enforcement action focusing on underage victims of prostitution—has concluded with the recovery of 105 sexually exploited children and the arrests of 150 pimps and other individuals.
The sweep took place in 76 cities and was carried out by the FBI in partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) as part of the Bureau’s Innocence Lost National Initiative. It is the seventh and largest such enforcement action to date."
Forty-seven FBI divisions took part in Operation Cross Country VII, along with more than 3,900 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers and agents representing 230 separate agencies.
Highlights of this latest 'rescue/ arrest' of primarily 16 and 17 year old 'children'
- Three days from July 26 to July 28
- 76 cities
- 105 arrested/ rescued children
- 150 pimps/ "other persons'
- 3,900 local, state and federal law enforcement agents
- 230 separate agencies
Operation Cross Country VI (2012)
June 20 through June 23 2012 by Federal Bureau of Investigation with cooperation from local police departments and the State Police and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) -FYI: WHEN THE GOVERNMENT SAYS CHILDREN WERE 'RESCUED,' THEY MEAN 'ARRESTED'- AS INDICATED BY THE ARTICLE IN THE CHRISTIAN POST MARCH 2, 2013: PENNY YOUNG NANCE SAID "And add insult to injury, VAWA promotes the decriminalization of prostitution of minors by prohibiting the charging of a minor for a prostitution offense. Pimps, traffickers, and gangs everywhere cheer wildly with a new opportunity to exploit minors in the sex industry by telling them that it's not illegal and they won't get arrested.... Do people really think this is a good idea? It worked just great for Germany, Australia, and the Netherlands, where child prostitution actually increased after prostitution was legalized. Brilliant move, folks." [EXCEPT IT DIDN'T INCREASE IN GERMANY AT ALL, AS INDICATED IN THIS CHART, AND MS. NANCY GAVE NO SOURCE FOR DOCUMENTING THE OTHER COUNTRIES, WHICH IS JUST AS LIKELY THAT SHE LIED ABOUT THEM AS WELL, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT PROSTITUTION ABOLITIONISTS DO- THEY LIE AND NO ONE CALLS THEM ON IT!]
If there were only 79 children arrested (rescued) that means that each child rescue/ arrest required 31 law enforcement agents per arrest; and if those 104 alleged pimps shared 79 child prostitutes, how did they make any money at all? That would be .75 prostitutes per pimp- how on earth did any of those alleged pimps make ANY money off their pimping efforts? Yet the cops had 4 days to find more victims and pimps... does this sound like there is a crisis? And how old were the 'children'? The ages of the arrested/ rescued children were not noted in the press release of this rescue operation.... but we know from the arrest stats from the FBI that the majority of underage persons arrested were 17... which, in many states, is over the age of consent. So why are they still considered 'children' unless the persons who call them 'children' have a vested interest in making people believe that most prostitutes are children? Perhaps because they get more money from the gullible public and the government when they are called children rather than teenagers or just 'minors'?
PREVIOUS STING OPERATIONS MULTIPLE AGENCIES RESULT IN VERY FEW CHILD ARRESTS- PLENTY OF ADULTS (It should be noted that the purpose of these sting operations was to find and 'rescue' minors. The US Government considers anyone under 18 as a 'child.' Many of the 'children' 'rescued' were 17. We believe it is misleading to designate all teenagers as 'children' but without that designation, neither the government or the 'Rescue and Rehabilitate' organizations would garner nearly the financial support from the public that the emotional concept of 'poor little children' being forced into prostitution. We do not condone child sexual exploitation by ANYONE, but we also do not condone the use of terminology that misleads the public into believing something that is simply NOT true. A 17 year old teenager is not a child. The age of consent in many states is 16. The US government does not recognize the age of consent lower than 18, so regardless of the actual status in any particular state, all persons under 18 are 'children.')
- 2011 69 Children Rescued, 885 Arrests in Operation Cross Country V 2011 (40 cities)= 954 total arrests / 23 arrests per city total and 1.7 minors arrested per city using 2,100 local, state and federal officers over a 72 hour period (3 and 1/2 days)
- 2010 50 Children Rescued, 700 Arrests in Operation Cross Country IV 2010 (36 cities)= 750 total arrests/ 20.83 arrests per city total and 1.3 minors arrested per city
- 2009 48 Children Rescued, 571 Arrests in Operation Cross Country III 2009 (29 cities)= 619 total arrests 21 arrests per city total including adults/ 1.6 minors arrested per city
- 2008 47 Children Rescued, 642 Arrests in Operation Cross Country II 2008 (29 cities)= 689 total arrests 23.75 arrests per city including adults/ 1.6 minors per city arrested
- 2008 21 Children Rescued, 389 Arrests in Operation Cross Country I 2008? (16 cities) = 410 total arrests 25.6 arrests per city 1.3 minors per city
Prior to the inception of the "Operation Cross Country' stings, the government called previous sting operations "Innocence Lost."
From the 2005 report, "Sex traffickers or pimps debriefed by the FBI indicate approximately 20-40 percent of the victims forced/recruited into prostitution are juveniles." [To which we reply, the majority of persons IN prostitution are NOT forced and recruit themselves... and given the low number of juvenile arrests/ rescues, this certainly seems to confirm our theory. It is very important to read every word in these documents, because wording can mean the difference between 'fact' and 'guestimate' which we call 'fabrications for the purpose of forwarding the prostitution abolitionist agenda.' Regardless of how high a 'guestimate' of victims there may be, all we can safely rely on is the number of reported arrests, complaints
From the FBI 2005: "Exploiting Americans on American Soil- Domestic Trafficking Exposed"
" According to a study by the University of Pennsylvania, a child is defined as any male or female under the age of 18, and with that, they have detailed there are approximately 300,000 youth currently at risk of becoming victims of commercial and sexual exploitation. Other organizations [which have a vested interest in postulating the highest number of victims as they need these high numbers to raise the millions of dollars from gullible citizens] have estimated this number is as high as 800,000.We do not currently have a definitive number for the serious problem of child prostitution itself, although judges, police, and outreach workers report both the increase in the numbers and a decrease in the ages of the children involved. Unfortunately, we know of no studies to date that specifically and primarily address juvenile prostitution. Accurately quantifying the existing problem of victimized children (as opposed to “at risk”) is difficult for a variety of reasons. For example, in the case of children exploited through prostitution, many of the prostituted youth are charged with some other offenses such as substance abuse; thus data that relies on crime reports masks the true prevalence of the problem."
Assistant Director, Criminal Investigative Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
[sounds like he is making excuses for the government being unable to find the hundreds of thousands of alleged 'prostituted children'- and notice that he uses the words "at risk" because these are not actual 'estimated' victims, rather they are persons under 18 who may or may not become 'victims' of sex trafficking... many journalists leave out those words and simply claim that 'there are 300,000 children annually who are trafficked into prostitution' and are never called on their 'oversight'- because the many prostitution abolitionist organizations, who rely on journalists like Lisa Collacott to spread their gospel of lies, misrepresentations and rhetoric, hand out press releases making these claims and the journalists simply publish the press release as a news story, without doing any investigation of the 'statistics' whatsoever.
In stories like this "Human and Child Trafficking on the Rise" Ms. Collacott asserts that "There are approximately 100,000 to 300,000 human trafficking victims in the United States...." By 'human trafficking victims' she means sex trafficking victims who are children... Don't you think that if there WERE 300,000 or 800,000 children missing and working as prostitutes, the cops/ feds and other government agencies which spend millions of dollars annually ought to be able to find MORE than the numbers of 'rescued' children that we have noted above and below? Like the 2,200 children recovered from the streets nationwide from 2003-2012 (10 years) for a total of 220 minors per year arrested....] The non profit "rescue and rehabilitate" organization which apparently spoon fed the statistics to Ms. Collacott is Colorado based "Restore Innocence" which is, according to the article, dedicated to "helping victims of child trafficking." The organization is "working on opening a safe house where victims can be restored and reintegrated back into society. Victims would receive counseling and medical treatment as well as receiving help in getting a job or into college." “Our big vision is to open the Cinderella House which is an all-encompassing after-care facility. Once the girls are rescued and taken off the street they would come to us for healing and restoration,” said Michelle Korth, founder and executive director. “It’s getting them on their feet before they are out in society and having a safe place for them even after they leave. They can know they’re cared for and loved and they can come back for holidays. We’ll always be in their lives. It’s not just a program where they come and leave.” The article says that the average age of 'victims' Restore Innocence works with is 18-year-olds, perhaps because they cannot find the 'child victims' whom they are dedicated to help. All they need is a few million dollars from the government and the public and they can make their Cinderella dreams come true... if only they can find some of those poor child victims... No indication of what they will do with all that funding if they simply cannot find all the 'victims' to fill that Cinderella house...]
"During FY 2004, the Criminal Investigative Division initiated 67 Innocence Lost investigations which led to 118 arrests, 26 indictments, and the conviction of 22 pimps and madams. To date in FY 2005, 31 additional cases were opened and there have been 163 arrests, eight complaints, 13 indictments, and 10 convictions. Since the inception of Innocence Lost, 80 children have been recovered as a result of this national initiative."
Two successful investigations and prosecutions highlight the impact of the Innocence Lost National Initiative. The Oklahoma City Division conducted a large-scale child prostitution investigation focused on the interstate prostitution of children at truck stops and through call services nationwide in an investigation named STORMY NIGHTS. A total of 11 federal arrest warrants and three federal search warrants were executed in and around the Oklahoma City area. The case identified a total of 48 pimps, 24 of which exploited juveniles. Sixteen juveniles were recovered as a result of this case. [NOTE: 16 JUVENILES WERE 'RESCUED'(ARRESTED) : 48 PIMPS ARRESTED- HOW ON EARTH DID THESE PEOPLE MAKE ANY MONEY? EVEN IF ONLY 24 PIMPS SHARE 16 JUVENILE PROSTITUTES, EACH PIMP HAD TO SHARE .66 JUVENILES... WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN????? WHY, WITH ALL THESE RESOURCES SPENT, CAN'T THESE AGENCIES FIND MORE 'CHILDREN' TO RESCUE????] The people used in prostitution were recruited from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and traveled to truck stops and known prostitution areas in Denver, Colorado; Miami, Florida; and Houston and Dallas, Texas. Nine defendants were charged with sex trafficking of minors and transporting juveniles for use in prostitution. Eight defendants pleaded guilty and a ninth was convicted at trial in 2005. Sentenced defendants have received prison terms of up to 210 months." [IF THIS IS WHAT THEY CONSIDER A 'SUCCESSFUL' INVESTIGATION, ONE WONDERS WHAT THEY WOULD THINK OF THEMSELVES IF THEY FOUND DOUBLE OR TRIPLE THE NUMBER THEY ACTUALLY FOUND OUT OF THE ALLEGED 100,000 TO 300,000 CHILDREN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS."]
ON THE OTHER HAND, ACCORDING TO THE SAME GOVERNMENT, THERE ARE OVER 90,000 REPORTED SEXUAL VICTIMIZATIONS OF CHILDREN ANNUALLY- BY THE MAJORITY OF PREDATORS WHO DO NOT BUY THE SEXUAL SERVICES OF THEIR VICTIMS...
"The almost 90,000 cases of child sexual abuse reported each year fall far short of the actual number. Abuse frequently goes unreported because child victims are afraid to tell anyone what happened and the legal procedure for validating an episode is difficult. (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) [MORE ABOUT THE DECLINE IN CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION BELOW]
An estimated 25% of girls and 16% of boys experience sexual abuse before they are 18 years old. Statistics for boys may be falsely low because of reporting techniques. (Ann Botash, MD, in Pediatric Annual, May 1997.)
Of all [JUVENILE] victims of sexual assault reported to law enforcement agencies
- 67% were under age 18
- 34% were under age 12
- 14% were under age 6
- Of offenders who victimized children under age 6, 40% were under age 18. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2000.)
"Despite what children are taught about "stranger danger," most child victims are abused by someone they know and trust. When the abuser is not a family member, the victim is more often a boy than a girl. The results of a three-state study of reported rape survivors under age 12 revealed the following about offenders:
- 96% were known to their victims
- 50% were acquaintances or friends
- 20% were fathers
- 16% were relatives
- 4% were strangers [these strangers would be the ones seeking to purchase the sexual services of children, while the 96% are NOT those seeking to pay for sex with children...]
Advocates for Youth, 1995
SO, WE HAVE 90,000 REPORTED CASES OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION (BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN A PREDATOR BUYING SEXUAL SERVICES) A YEAR THAT WE KNOW OF, AND THE GOVERNMENT SPENDS UNTOLD RESOURCES PURSUING THE LEAST NUMBER OF ACTUAL VICTIMS?
More utterly nonsensical, idiotic actions by a government which doesn't have to provide any real data connected to real world persons in order to pass legislation to pursue their ultimate goal of 'eradicating' ALL prostitution, regardless of the age and consent of the sex worker, or of the harm inflicted on the sex workers AND the 'children' whom the laws are ostensibly meant to protect:
- 2011 Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a measure enhancing the maximum penalty for underage sex trafficking, to life in prison.
- 2003 Innocence Lost National Initiative was launched by the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division in partnership with NCMEC and Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section[NOTE: INTERESTINGLY, BY 2003, THERE WAS A MAJOR DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF SUBSTANTIATED CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS FROM 1990]
- 47 Innocence Lost Task Forces and working groups [47 task forced finding 220 minors per year- or for each task force, a total of 4.6 minors found by each group PER YEAR... and how many persons are in each task force?]
- 2,200 children recovered more than from the streets 2003-2012 (10 years) for a total of 220 minors per year arrested....
- 1,017 convictions of pimps, madams, and their associates
- $3 million in assets seized [or $2,949 from each convicted pimp/ madam or associate- what kind of prostitution business did these people run that they could only earn $2,949 or $1,404 per underage prostitute? That's not a business, that's a hobby and not a very successful one at that...]
- 25 years to life in prison sentences [WHILE PERSONS WHO ACTUALLY RAPE AND/OR KILL CHILDREN OR ADULT WOMEN ARE OFTEN GIVEN A MERE SLAP ON THE WRIST... INCLUDING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO HAVE SEX WITH THEIR OWN DAUGHTERS OR OTHER CHILDREN UNDER 10...]
[from the FBI website:]
In June 2003, the FBI, in conjunction with the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, launched the Innocence Lost National Initiative. Their combined efforts were aimed at addressing the growing problem of domestic sex trafficking of children in the United States.
In the nine years since its inception, the initiative has resulted in the development of 47 dedicated task forces and working groups throughout the U.S. involving federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies working in tandem with U.S. Attorney’s Offices.
To date, these groups have worked successfully to rescue more than 2,100 children. [NOTE- over 9 years, that's approximately 233 children per year... most of whom were 17 years of age, according to the number of arrested children from the FBI website] Investigations have successfully led to the conviction of over 1,000 pimps, madams, and their associates [NOTE: if these 'over 1,000' pimps and madams who were convicted had to share 2,100 children, that would give each convicted pimp approximately 2.1 underage prostitutes to exploit... not very profitable, so WHERE ARE THE OTHER CHILD VICTIMS????????] who exploit children through prostitution. These convictions have resulted in lengthy sentences, including multiple life sentences and the seizure of real property, vehicles, and monetary assets.
- Sixty-Nine Children Rescued During Operation Cross Country V
- More Than 50 Children Rescued During Operation Cross Country IV
- 48 Children Recovered in Operation Cross Country III
- 47 Children Rescued in Operation Cross Country II | Video
- 389 Arrested in Operation Cross Country | Background | Press Release
- National Crackdown IDs 30 Child Victims (12/05)
- More Cases
Caitlin Manning sex workers rights advocate:
"This emotionally laden appeal to save children who are forced into sexual slavery is being used to further the criminalization of all sex work, these lines are being blurred. There are always a large number of consensual sex workers involved in these stings."
Maya, 22, voluntary sex worker and escort in Richmond:
"I was targeted because officers believed [she looked under 18 in her ads]. [...] I got a phone call. All he said to me was that he was nervous and had never done this before, and that he was looking for somebody to party with. So I never said anything sexual, and he didn't either. There was absolutely no promise. So I went to the hotel room. I walked in the door and I said, "I'm glad that I found the right room." I put my bag down. I turned to the side and there was another man standing there, and my immediate thought was that I was going to get taken advantage of by another person. But then- I can't even, I don't know how many officers it was. Some came out of the bathroom, and they said Richmond PD, you're under arrest, put your hands behind your back. They had me in handcuffs, they questioned me for a while. I was in custody for about six hours."
"According to Fedotov's Vienna-based office, only one out of 100 victims of trafficking is ever rescued." How would we ever know this, if the only way of counting victims is by the number of victims arrested/ rescued? The article continues "The U.N. crime-fighting office said Tuesday that 2.4 million people across the globe are victims of human trafficking at any one time, and 80 percent of them are being exploited as sexual slaves." How would we know if this percentage is even close to being an accurate number of NON sex trafficking victims, because non sex trafficking victims ARE NOT ARRESTED- as the labor into which they are trafficked IS NOT ILLEGAL?
There are either 193 or 196 countries in the world, depending on what source you find. If smaller countries have fewer 'victims of trafficking' and larger countries have more victims, is there an average number of victims that can be extracted from the conflicting number of alleged human trafficking victims world wide? That's difficult to say because we don't have an accurate count of actual victims, only 'guesstimates' from biased sources. Let's say that all countries had an equal number of victims- which would be an estimate of 12,244 per country based on the 2.4 million claim from 2012. If the other claims of 27 million victims worldwide is more accurate, then it would be more like 137,755 victims per country per year. Let's give the US 3 times the number that a very small country might have- so let's say the US has 413,265 victims... but according to the US Government 2011 report on human trafficking from January 2008 to June 2010, it investigated a mere 2,515 possible cases of human trafficking. And it determined, at the close of the report, that of the 2,515 cases, 30% were found to be actual cases of human trafficking, 38% NOT human trafficking and the remained undetermined. So, if we start out with the presumption that there are 413,265 human trafficking victims in the US at any given time - or that the number represents an annual figure, WHERE ARE THE VICTIMS?
The report says "Among trafficking incidents opened for at least one year, 30% were confirmed to be human trafficking, 38% were confirmed not to be human trafficking, and the remaining incidents were still open at the end of the study period."
Here's how it breaks down by year:
TOTAL CASES INVESTIGATED:
- 2,515 over a 30 month period (2 years, 6 months) or 83.83 per month or 1,006 investigations per year
- 30% are determined to be actual human trafficking= 301 cases per year or 752.5 cases total over 30 months
- 38% NOT human trafficking = 382 cases per year NOT human trafficking or 955 cases total over 30 months
- the balance of undetermined are 323 cases per year.... or 807 cases over 30 months
WHERE ARE ALL THE VICTIMS HIDING? Is our government SO incompetent that even with 47 different agencies and HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of dollars in funding to find victims, it cannot find at least 10% of the alleged number of victims? And if the government stopped arresting adult prostitutes who are NOT victims, might the government agencies and task forces be able to find more of the alleged child victims?
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Returning to the high number of child sexual exploitation cases of children who are NOT "prostituted"? Where is the concern for the 90,000 yearly cases of child sexual exploitation at the hands of parents, siblings, neighbors, babysitters, teachers, preachers, priests, boy scout leaders, law enforcement officers, Hollywood producers and agents? In other words, for the vast majority of victims who are not in any way being 'sold' or 'enslaved'? Here are some statistics also from the government and universities that can be found in the documents linked below:
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ABOVE: From the "Crimes Against Children Research Center"
"An Estimated 90,000 cases of child sexual abuse were substantiated in 2003..."
The charts show the significant decrease in the number of child sexual exploitation from 1990 to 2003- which coincidentally is the time when the US Government and the 'rescue and restore' organizations began to promote the idea of a crisis in 'child sex trafficking'- and to make that campaign successful, the 'average age of entry into prostitution' needed to be as young as possible to justify their witch hunt against all prostitutes.
Of the various types of child abuse, physical abuse (17,6%) and neglect (78.3%) are significantly greater than sexual abuse (9.2%), yet there are no 'faith based' crusades to 'create awareness' of such abuse... why is that?
What are the 'substantiated' numbers of child sexual exploitation (non sex trafficking exploitation) from 1990 to 2003?
- 1990 146,000
- 1991 149,000
- 1992 150,000
- 1993 147,000
- 1994 140,000
- 1995 128,000
- 1996 124,000
- 1997 117,000
- 1998 104,000
- 1999 92,000
- 2000 89,000
- 2001 87,000
- 2002 89,000
- 2003 90,000
Looking at the graph above and the numbers of the substantiated child sexual exploitation victims, it is clear that the number of cases of child sexual exploitation are declining. Nevertheless, it is still primarily those whom the child knows and trusts who is far more likely to be the predator than someone looking to pay for the sexual services of a child.
Trend information suggests that
sexual abuse and sexual assault have declined by a considerable amount in recent years...
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