Recently, the media has been giving added attention to the ever present problem of child prostitution. Earlier this week the FBI conducted a nationwide child prostitution sweep and uncovered 74 child prostitutes. This lead to the arrest of 104 defendants. An article posted on CNN.com estimates 100,000 American children are lured into prostitution every year. Pimps find the children in places such as bus stops and truck stops and offer to help them to gain their trust. These pimps are targeting disaffected street children, many from broken homes, the most vulnerable children in our society.
This problem however is not isolated to the United States. This plays right into the growing problem of sex trafficking. Across the world young, disenfranchised children are being kidnapped, sold or tricked into the sex industry. This issue doesn’t only affect children but many adult women as well. Sex traffickers promise work and better lives in America, but what awaits them is modern day slavery. One of the major complications with prosecuting sex trafficking cases is identifying the victims. While there has been a recent prosecutorial push behind ending sex trafficking there is still a long way to go in resolving these issues.