Sex trafficking is when a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion OR when the person induced to perform the act is under 18 years old. A commercial sex act means any item of value is traded for any sexual service (prostitution, pornography, or sexual performance). Domestic minor sex trafficking is the commercial sexual exploitation of American children within U.S. borders for monetary or other compensation (shelter, food, drugs, etc.). This is synonymous with child sex slavery, sex slavery, child sex trafficking, prostitution of children, and commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC).
Local forms of sex trafficking that we've encountered include:
Residential Brothels: Owners of a "drug house" were allowing runaway girls sleep in tents inside the house for a fee they earned by sleeping with customers.
Pimp-Controlled Prostitution: The SWLA area still has a terrible problem with this. A contact and partner of SWLA Abolitionists used to work the streets herself of Lake Charles and has given tours of the locations known for prostitution including child trafficking.
Fake Massage Business: In August of 2014, A person who owned many massage parlors was investigated and arrested for prostitution and human trafficking. He owned parlors in Lafayette, Lake Charles and Bossier City.