Sharon Buchbinder writes (linked above):
Human Trafficking.org reports a range of “14,500 to 17,500 people, primarily women and children trafficked to the U.S.” This number does not include U.S.-born women and children who are trafficked. In 2011, an FBI Bulletin estimated more than 290,000 youths were at risk of being trafficked for sexual purposes. Project Polaris estimates more than 100,000 people are trafficked in the U.S. for the sex trade. The organization does not distinguish between U.S.- or foreign-born slaves. The 2013 State Department report on Human Trafficking was silent on the prevalence of trafficked individuals in the U.S.
The arrest and conviction rates for human trafficking aren’t much better. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) states, “Due to the underground nature of trafficking, the number of victims is unknown.” In a 2012 report to the NIJ on Identifying Challenges to Improve the Investigation and Prosecution of State and Local Trafficking Cases, Northeastern University and Urban Institute researchers reviewed data in 12 counties from human trafficking cases closed by 2010 for both sex and labor trafficking. Seventy percent of the traffickers were male. The other 30 percent were females.
Who are these women?
According to the researchers, they were approximately 10 years older than their victims and were former victims of sex trafficking who, instead of escaping, decided to go into the same business. They had firsthand knowledge of what that life meant. These women had been threatened, abused, demeaned, isolated, confined, demoralized, medically neglected, drugged, dominated, controlled and subsequently survived to become the next generation of traffickers.
Why would a woman do this to another woman or child? You won’t like the answer.
It’s a living.