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the key players

Victim | Trafficker | Buyer

 

The Victim

 

80%

of confirmed trafficking
incidents were identified
as U.S. citizens.

90%

of victims have been
physically abused as children.

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Contributing Factors

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Relationships


Unhealthy relationships, divorce, and physical separation of children from their parents.
 



Poverty


Lack of resources and education diminish opportunities.
 



Objectification


Come to see themselves as objects to sell rather than being worthy of love and value.
 



Abuse


Results in trauma and confusion of appropriate boundaries.
 



Pornography


Fuels the objectification of women and ultimately a desire to pay for an experience.
 

The Trafficker

"It's impossible to protect all girls from guys like I was because that's what we do.

We eat, drink and sleep thinking of ways to trick young girls into doing what we want them to do."

- Former Pimp, Chicago IL

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People are here for me to use.

A trafficker is anyone who received money or something of value for the sexual exploitation of another person regardless of their gender or relationship to the other person. Traffickers can be male or female, of any age, race or ethnicity. They can be relatives, friends, neighbors, or adults in positions of authority. They can come from any background or socioeconomic status.

 
 
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I can sell a person for money.

Traffickers usually target girls who project a sense of low-self esteem, who are experiencing trouble in the home, who are looking for attention, or who have run away and are vulnerable on the street. He engages the child about her 'troubles' at home and establishes himself as the savior, he is also working to isolate the child from those who may object to their relationship.

 
 
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I am deceitful.

Traffickers present themselves as what their victim needs, albeit a father figure or a boyfriend. Attention, gifts, and false promises. A trafficker will profess “false love” with elaborate promises of a better life. Once they have successfully captured the victims trust, she then becomes indebted to the trafficker and is introduced to selling her body [also known as “seasoning” or “breaking” the child].

The Buyer

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People are here to fulfill my desires.

Advertisements, music, and movies have told men and women that a person is an object to be lusted after or used for personal gain.

 
 
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Pornography fuels my desire.

They desire to have an increased feeling when seeing explicit images or videos. They seek to live out the real-life experience to replicate what they have seen or watched.

 
 
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I shop online.

They shop online for men, women or children through websites where a victim is advertised. They are usually met by the victim at a truck stop, motel, or hotel. The buyer typically does a police check on the victim to make sure they are not undercover. They have no regard for the age of the victim.