Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking? Essay

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Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
It is estimated that every year there are approximately 15,000 to 50,000 children from the United States exploited through Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) (Jordan, Patel, & Rapp, 2013) , and estimates predict that 300,000 are prostituted (Cecchet & Thoburn, 2014). The exact number of DMST in the United States is unknown and hard to predict due to the exploitation being covert and transient nature along with lack of funding to research this issue (Greenbaum, Crawford-Jakubiak, & Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, 2014). According to the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (2000), sever forms of trafficking in persons is defined as:
(a) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained eighteen years of age: or (b) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. (p. 8)

The average age of children entering sex trafficking is between the ages of twelve and sixteen (Greenbaum et al., 2014). Parents in the United States have sold their children as young as five for sex (Nelson Butler, 2014). All genders, races, classes, and sexualities are represented in child victims of DMST (Gibbs, Hardison Walters, Lutnick, Miller,…

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