Sex Trafficking

Description of this Heartbreak:
What is sex trafficking?
Sex trafficking is a form of modern slavery that exists throughout the United states and globally.Sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to compel adults and children to engage in commercial sex acts against their will.It includes both boys and girls who are bought and sold for profit.

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Why does this break your heart?


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- For me, I've grown up with people who have been trafficked. I have talked first hand with women and children who have been abused and raped, and I've grown to feel their pain. Listen, sex trafficking isn't just something that happens to foreign countries, it happens in your school, in your neighborhood, and in your city. Did you know Atlanta is one of the capitals of sex trafficking in our nation? Take the Mall of Georgia for example... the Mall is a MAJOR place for recruitment. WOMEN AND CHILDREN at ages as early as 10 are being raped and broken. They are being tricked and lied to, and soon they are told that they are PROPERTY. Is THIS how we are going to treat women? Are we going to let men and women make our children and our friends slaves? I believe it's time that our generation stops feeding this terrible industry by watching porn, promoting pimps and calling women dirty names, and we rise up in power and in strength to bring freedom to the slaves, and make right the WRONG doings that have been done to these people. Man, it's sad how sex slavery is unacceptable... until it's put on the internet. 1 in FOUR women have been sexually abused and raped throughout their life, and 1 in 6 men have been. Take a minute... look around the room and count how many women there are in the room. Odds are in favor that one in four has been abused or raped. This isn't something that happens to *other* people... this is happening HERE and NOW! So join me, join a MOVEMENT of freedom as we fight for the weak, let's STAND up for those who can't, speak for those who have lost their voices, and raise our hands in unity to end a global oppression. ~ Elijah FBS



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- Sex Trafficking breaks my heart because I personally know someone who's gone through something like this. I understand how these people feel and their family, it's heartbreaking and tragic and it just changes you as a person. This happens all around the world and not many people are aware on how bad it is. The people that this happens to are haunted with it, and people who are in it as we speak are going through a pain no one can understand. It's scary and sad knowing that some of the trafficked people are under 12 years of age, and how they don't know how to think or defend themselves against the people who are trafficking them, they get broken the most. And for the family it's worse cause they don't know exactly where their family member is. ~ Nicole FBS


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- This breaks my heart because when I hear about people who have been sex trafficked, I feel bad for their family. I understand how they must feel, having one of their family members sex trafficked. Sex trafficking happens all over the world. ~ Alex P.





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-This is emotionally connected to me because children can be trafficked between the ages of one to 18. Arkofhopeforchildren.org stated, “drugs are used once and they are gone, but victims of child trafficking can be used and abused over and over.” This is a prime example of modern day slavery. Children and women are sold, imprisoned, and after three to seven years are killed. They die from the sexually transmitted diseases that they catch, abuse, overdose on drugs, or suicide. Mentally and physically, the person trafficked will never be the same. They will be in shock because of the harsh reality they have to face. Everyone deserves freedom, but this is taking away someone's freedom because you bought them. Everyone deserves love, but not in the sense of them being raped, used for child pornography, or being abused ~ Ahmari RCA


stophumantrafficking.jpg Sex trafficking is a form of modern slavery that exists throughout the United States and globally. This breaks my heart because sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to compel adults and children to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. People in the world should not be doing such. This is ruining others’ lives. People are living a normal life and someone else wants to ruin it. The situations that sex trafficking victims face varying dramatically. Many victims become romantically involved with someone who then forces or manipulates them into prostitution. Others are lured in with false promises of a job, such as modeling or dancing. Some are forced to sell sex by their parents or other family members. They may be involved in a trafficking situation for a few days or weeks, or may remain in the same trafficking situation for years. ~ Abby K WHS




Sex trafficking breaks my heart because the victims of sex trafficking are usually 12-16 that’s about our age. They’re deprived of being with their family, they’re victims of constant abuse, mental and physical. They’re also deprived of an education so if they do escape their kidnappers they don’t have a GED so they end up working for minimum wage which they can’t even survive off. The worst part is their exposure to drugs, STD’s and depression, they could start doing drugs to escape reality. They are constantly being sexually abused by random people that could have STD’s. While some suffer extreme depression, they think their exit is suicide. ~ Jonathan G.





Research and Facts About this Heartbreak




-- (Pornography is one of the biggest money makers for sex trafficking. The porn industry makes more money than the MLB, NBA, and NBA combined annually.) from xxxChurch.com

The following facts are brought to you by: SharedHope.org, The FBI, and Out of Darkness Ministries.
  • Traffickers find victims through social networks, home neighborhoods, clubs or bars, the internet, and even school.
  • The FBI reports that the average age that a girl is first recruited into prostitution or sex trafficking in the U.S. is 11-14 years-old.
  • Life span at that point becomes 7 years, due to the risk of overdose, STDs, suicide, and homicide.
  • The FBI has also indicated that Atlanta is among the worst cities in the country for sex trafficking.
  • Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90.
  • Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude and compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography.
  • According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
  • There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.
  • According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children.
  • The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14-year-old.
  • Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.
  • California harbors 3 of the FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.
  • The National Human Trafficking Hotline receives more calls from Texas than any other state in the US. 15% of those calls are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
  • Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year.
  • Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking).
  • It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year.
  • $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries.
  • The International Labour Organization estimates that women and girls represent the largest share of forced labor victims with 11.4 million trafficked victims (55%) compared to 9.5 million (45%) men.




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Why should other people care about this heartbreak?

Other people in the U.S. and other countries around the world should care about this because it is possible that you may become a victim. Also, it affects the family's mom, dad, siblings etc. People should also care because there has to be some way to take these people out of the situation they have been put in. Not everyone being trafficked are old enough to defend themselves and all of them are too scared to. Most of the people trafficked are drugged so it's harder for them to get away but there are many people out the world that can prevent others from going into this and they might have the ability to take them out of it too. This is happening all over the world and now as we speak. It's scary out there, but if we really try and get together we can stop it.

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Sex trafficking is the fastest growing criminal underground business in the world. 800,000 estimated people are trafficked across international borders every year. Unlike drugs, humans can be repeatedly sold around the world. People can't sell drugs more than once in a day. You can sell women or children 20 to 25 times in a day for sex. This breaks my heart because courts would be more likely punish someone one for selling drugs than selling innocent children. - Kinley g. WHS


App Features
  • Has statistics
  • needs stories
  • how to get out of that situation
  • explanations of sex trafficking
  • Easy access to contact someone
  • Support to help get through sex trafficking
  • What they are at risk of
  • Medical Treatment
  • A small notes section to write their thoughts down to have an outlet
Heartbreak Creations


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-- My idea above is for an app that teachers and faculty can use to help identify a student or child being trafficked. In the first page of the app, we could have statistics and facts about trafficking from reliable sources so that from the beginning, we could knock out any false stereotypes about sex trafficking. Then, we could have an area where, if the teacher suspects the student might be being abused, they could find common physical and mental signs that could be a result of abuse. If they have a firm belief that the student may be being trafficked, they could then move on to the red light screen in which it would give step-by-step instructions on how to proceed. Examples could be contacting a rescue hotline from places like Out of Darkness. My idea is to make it easier for teachers to help in the fight against sex slavery. But, we would need to get our info and help from REAL organizations. Luckily, I do have the resources and ability to get this information. Due to the seriousness of the topic we have, we would need to make sure our info is correct and accurate... otherwise, we could end up doing more damage than we have helped. *Update* 03/14/16: I've been doing some thinking, and I think I will be able to get some information from a survivor of sex trafficking about how they would have liked to be approached by a teacher while they were being harmed. --Elijah FBS

APP names
  1. stop sex trafficking
  2. live freely
  3. spotting victims
  4. victim spotting
  5. sex trafficking app
  6. Make a Change
  7. Take a Stand
  8. Speak Out
  9. End this War
  10. Free The Trafficked
  11. stopping sex-traffic
  12. changing sex trafficking
  13. out of the darkness
  14. rescue hotline
  15. you can survive
  16. Find support
  17. Easy rescue
  18. Local assistance
  19. Save our girls
  20. Sex trafficking 411
  21. Yellow Light, Red Light


Students Mapping this Heartbreak


Jonathan G. FBS
Alex P. FBS
Nicole C. FBS
Elijah F. FBS
Ahmari W - RCA
Kinley G- WSH
Abby K- WSH
Zach H. - WSH
Jedediah H. - WSH
Abby K- Whs
Gracie P. WHS
estimated people trafficked across international borders every year.
Sex trafficking is a form of modern slavery that exists throughout the United States and globally. This breaks my heart because sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to compel adults and children to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. People in the world should not being doing such. This is ruining others’ lives. People are living a normal life and someone else wants to ruin it. The situations that sex trafficking victims face vary dramatically. Many victims become romantically involved with someone who then forces or manipulates them into prostitution. Others are lured in with false promises of a job, such as modeling or dancing. Some are forced to sell sex by their parents or other family members. They may be involved in a trafficking situation for a few days or weeks, or may remain in the same trafficking situation for years.