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Sex Trafficking

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.

Escort Services & Online Services: Everyday on websites like Backpage and Craigslist, there are easily 15-30 ads for "escort services" of children and women in the Lake Charles area. Backpage is repeatedly in the news for featuring ads of trafficking victims. Here's a local story.  

Sex trafficking is happening in our local hotels, local casinos, and our neighborhoods. It's time to stop it

Thankfully, people are stepping up and things are changing. The National 
Human Trafficking Hotline flyer can be found at most of the truck stops in our area. We are talking with the management local hotels and casinos pushing for training of their employees on how to spot trafficking and to stop it. 

Three years ago, a local hotel employee helped us with providing good intel to local authorities and arrests were made as part of a national operation to curve child sex trafficking.  

  • In the U.S., it accounts for over 80% of all human                trafficking, according to the Department of Justice. 

  • 83% of sex trafficking victims in the                                       U.S. are American citizens. (DOJ)

  • The average age for entry into sex trafficking is 12-14           years old. (DOJ)

  • The average victim may be forced to have sex up to 20-       48 times a day. (Polaris)

  • Within the first 48 hours of being on the streets, 1 in 3           children are lured into commercial sexual exploitation.       (Dept. of Health & Human Services)

  • The age of the youngest confirmed sex trafficking victim        in Louisiana is 2 years old. 

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