If nobody paid for sex, sex trafficking would not exist. Child trafficking victims, whether for labor, sex or organ trafficking, come from all backgrounds, include both boys and girls. They span a wide age range from 1 to 18 years old. Sex trafficking victims up to roughly 25 years old most often started as young as Children are trafficked out of, or into the United States from all regions of the world and represent a variety of different races, ethnic groups and religions.
They may be brought to the U. Trafficked children can be lured to the U. Children are also vulnerable to kidnappers, pimps, and professional brokers. Some children are even sold to traffickers by their families, who may or may not have an understanding of what will happen to the child. Of every three child victims, two are girls and one is a boy.
Gender and age profile of victims detected globally: Children are often targeted by traffickers as they are deemed easier to manipulate than adults. More money can be earned by younger girls and boys exploited in sexual exploitation, especially virgins. Pre-pubescent girls are reported to be injected with hormones to bring on puberty. Younger girls are expected to have a greater earning potential, and as such are in greater demand. Physical and Mental Consequences of Trafficking for victims; Child victims of human trafficking face significant problems.
Often physically and sexually abused, they have distinctive medical and psychological needs that must be addressed before advancing in the formative years of adulthood.
Child victims of exploitation can face a number of long-term health problems: