Sex trafficking is a serious problem affecting women and children all over the world. According to the Polaris Project, The United States, along with Mexico and the Philippines, was ranked one of the world’s worst places for human trafficking in 2018. In the US, there is no official number of human trafficking victims, but estimates place it in the hundreds of thousands.
Highest Ranking States
Washington D.C. has the highest human trafficking rate in the United States of 11.66 victims per 100,000 people. Nevada has the second-highest human trafficking rate of 9.97 victims per 100,000 people. With a human trafficking rate of 4.2 victims per 100,000 people, Nebraska has the fourth-highest human trafficking rate in the United States.
Traffickers bully young women and scare them into not leaving.
Trafficked persons tend to be physically exploited. The victim doesn’t have proper food, hygiene or health care and could be subjected to violence. These issues may become worse during sex trafficking since the victim could potentially have STDs. Victims end up have negative psychological and social effects. Other issues include trauma, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), shame and depression follow those who have been trafficked. A survey conducted by the JAMA Pediatrics journal of adolescents between the ages of 10 and 17 who were trafficked in Southeast Asia found that 12 percent of the children had attempted to harm or kill themselves in the previous month alone, and 56 percent suffered from depression.
The social stigma lasts for years. Many feel socially rejected or ostracized. Sex trafficking victims may face additional stigma and negative responses from friends and family, posing a further threat to their emotional and psychological health.
Victims of sex trafficking could seek civil justice against:
- Massage Parlors
- Bank who accepted trafficker’s money
- Internet advertising website
These lawsuits can be used with just a victim’s initials and not names to protect privacy. It doesn’t matter if the trafficking happened years ago, justice could still be available.
With human, sex and labor trafficking, The Michael Brady Lynch Firm have resources and relationships that can help victims. Many do not realize there are legal protections available. Trafficking victims feel as though if they come forward the law will be against them. This is especially true for those who may not have work visas. No one should be a victim of trafficking. We know how sensitive this is, therefore we hold confidentiality to the strictest of compliances. Your consultation is free and confidential. Call today for more information on how we can help bring you the justice you deserve.