Sex Trafficking Is The Third Highest Money Maker For Organized Crime

1007 Words Oct 30th, 2015 null Page
In the United States, it’s often believed that human sex trafficking is only problematic in foreign countries. However, the opposite is true; human sex trafficking is an epidemic everywhere. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), in this year alone, 2,085 cases of human sex trafficking was reported in the United States. This number doesn’t include the large number of cases that go unreported, indicating that sex trafficking is more problematic than illustrated in most statistics. According to a journalist for the Huffington Post, “Trafficking minors for prostitution is the third highest money-maker for organized crime in the U.S” (Goodman 1). Rachel Lloyd, born in 1975, is a leader in advocating for victims of the sex trafficking industry in North America (Casserly 1). Creating a program for victims of sex trafficking at the age of 23 (GEMS), Lloyd needed the characteristics of a leader (Casserly 1). Not only has she experienced the hardships of being a part of the sex industry herself, she gained compassion for other victims of the industry, and therefore had the determination to fight against sex trafficking.
In her memoir: “Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale”, Lloyd writes about her hardships. She had both a poor childhood, and had experienced being in the sex industry during her teenage years. Her stepfather (Robert) was an alcoholic, and her mother had emotional difficulties. Loyd writes, “Within our first…

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