Sex Trafficking occurs when a person (trafficker) forces another person (victim) into sex for money. The United States classifies any minor under 18 years of age in the sex trade as a victim of sex trafficking. Whether they were forced into the industry or not, it's trafficking.
Contrary to what many people think, most victims are not kidnapped. Rather, traffickers lie and use manipulation to get their victims to enter the trade. Traffickers target victims and build trust, before luring them into the sex industry. Then they use violence, threats, false promises, or other forms of control to keep their victims trapped.
Regardless of how you ended up in sex trafficking, we are here for you. Please call us at 1-800-770-1650 or text 'IOWAHELP' to 20121.