•The average age that a victim is first trafficked for sex in the U.S. is just 12-14 yrs old.
•Many victims are runaway girls who have already suffered sexual abuse as children.
•Traffickers or pimps are master manipulators who gain a victim’s trust before forcing them into commercial sex acts and keeping them compliant through violence and drugs.
•California harbors three of FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.
•The prevalence and anonymity of the internet has fueled the rapid growth of sex
trafficking, making the trade of women and children easier than ever before.
The statistics above were taken from the Hidden Treasures Foundation website.