America’s Dirty Little Secret

Sex trafficking has become the fastest growing business in organized crime and the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally after drugs and guns. It is estimated that at least 100,000 children—girls and boys—are bought and sold for sex in the U.S. every year, with as many as 300,000 children in danger of being trafficked annually. Some of these children are forcefully abducted, others are runaways, and still others are sold into the system by relatives and acquaintances. This is an industry that revolves around cheap sex on the fly, with young girls and women who are sold to 50 men each day for $25 apiece, while their handlers make $150,000 to $200,000 per child each year. This is not a problem found only in big cities. It’s happening everywhere, right under our noses, in suburbs, cities and towns across the nation. And the only way not to find this in any American city is simply not to look for it. This is America’s dirty little secret.