The myths of sex-trafficking are long standing and set hard. The reality is much scarier and much closer to home. Most believe that sex-trafficking only happens in other countries like Thailand, Philippines, India or Africa. However Portland’s notorious 82nd Avenue is one of largest hubs for sex trafficking in the U.S. Roughly 1.2 million children are trafficked worldwide and over 300,000 victims in the U.S. each year.
Many people think that only homeless or high-risk kids are vulnerable to the lures of sex-trafficking and that most girls “choose” to go into the world of prostitution.
Children who are victims of sex-trafficking are pulled in through deceptive, manipulative tactics designed by a well crafted grooming process that young people need to be made aware of.