Sex Trafficking is a horrific and the worst crimes against humanity. PMF has chosen to focus our efforts specifically on combating Sex Trafficking of children who are forced prostitution, and child sex tourism.
Trafficking of persons exists in two distinct types: labor trafficking and sex trafficking. This new distinction avoids the problem of combining into a single category both labor violations that are more akin to a forcible sexual assault. According to the United Nations Definition:
"Trafficking in persons" shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery of practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs;
(b) The consent of a victim of trafficking in persons to the intended exploitation set forth in sub-paragraph (a) of this article shall be irrelevant where any of the means set forth in sub-paragraph (a) have been used;
(c) The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of a child for the purpose of exploitation shall be considered "trafficking in persons" even if this does not involve any of the means set forth in sub-paragraph (a) of this article;
(d) "Child" shall mean any person under eighteen years of age.
"Sexual Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation (within national or across international borders), transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation. Sexual trafficking is accomplished by means of fraud, deception, threat of force or use of force, death treat towards family members of victim, abuse of a position of vulnerability, and other forms of coercion.
Day of Awareness U.S.
Each year January 11th is the observation day of “Domestic Human Trafficking Awareness Day” by the United States Senate.
Scope of the Problem
Worldwide, Children and young women are forced into the Sex Trade by believing that someone loves them, they are coming to be Model, Actress, work or to attend Universities for their education, but instead they are forced into the escort service, placed in a brothel. Then they are raped over and over each day for the profit of organized crime.
Human Smuggling & Trafficking of Children
The Illicit networks engaged in human smuggling and trafficking have become more violent and profit-driven than ever before. In one case, a predator tried to purchase 9 -11 year old girls from Mexico. ICE agents arrested the individual when he traveled to Arizona to have sex with the girls.
ICE agents working undercover on the Internet, encountered a Texas predator negotiating for a child online.
Modeling, Acting and Glamorous
For the Recruitment of children under the age of 18, traffickers, gangs roam through shopping malls, fast-food restaurants and outside restaurants/bars in places like California, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts and Ohio. Traffickers (aka pimps) are often targeting naive, runaways and troubled girls willing to believe stories about fame and a future in modeling and acting.
According to Frank Barnaba, of the Paul & Lisa Program, who works with children in prostitution in New York City, “Kansas is a favorite recruiting ground for the New York City sex trade. Over a year period, 262 children identified as being forced into prostitution in New York said they were from Kansas. Florida ranked second.”
Trafficked into the U.S.
2012 Miami-Dade L.E. arrested four South Florida men in connection with an alleged child prostitution ring that targeted teenagers in foster care June 2007, Raids to brothels by the FBI and ICE in Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland. 127 Asian and Hispanic children under the age of 17 years were rescued from brothels.
Major funding sources for Terrorism:
#2. Illegal Drugs
#3. Human Trafficking
They can't sell the same drug over and over; once it is used it is gone. But they can sell a child, teenager or young girl over and over and over each day. THIS EQUALS PROFIT.
Gangs / Organized Groups
Scope of the Problem
Worldwide, Children are forced into the Sex Trade by believing they are coming to attend Universities, but instead they are forced into the escort service and are being raped over and over each day for the profit of organized crime.
Gangs in the U.S. kidnap girls through different types of manipulation via. These victims are between the ages of 11 and 17 and have been kidnapped for the purposes of forced prostitution and trafficked across state lines.
Non-Citizen Child Predators
More than 85% of the arrests made as part of Operation Predator have been arrests of non-citizen sex offenders whose crimes make them removable from the U.S. To date, more than 5,500 of them have been deported. These predators have included New Jersey, New York and California men who repeatedly molested their own daughters; as well as, an Austrian-national soccer coach who was convicted of fondling a mentally impaired minor.
From fiscal year 2001 through fiscal year 2005, the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney's Offices filed 91 trafficking cases. This is a 405% increase over the number of trafficking cases filed from fiscal years 1996 through 2000. In these cases.
ICE arrested more than 12,000 illegal alien child predators nationwide in its first four years. The targets include U.S. citizens and non-citizens. ICE has arrested individuals who have committed a wide range of child sex exploitation crimes.
Child Sex Tourists
Working cooperatively with foreign governments through ICE attached offices worldwide, ICE agents have made more than 61 arrests under the child sex tourism provisions of the PROTECT Act. February 21, 2007, Steven Eric Prowler pleaded guilty to federal charges of traveling abroad with the intent to have sex with a minor and to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with minors in another country. Prowler was deported from Thailand after serving one year in a Thai prison for sexual encounters with approximately 100 underage Thai boys. Thai officials and ICE agents investigated the case and discovered detailed journals kept by Prowler of his sexual encounters with underage boys in Thailand, Cambodia and Mexico. Prowler awaits sentencing and faces up to 60 years in federal prison.