At Courtney's House, we are committed to providing a safe place for child sex trafficking victims.
Child sex trafficking goes on a great deal in the United States. Much like the majority of other countries affected by human trafficking, the U.S. has a large internal or "domestic" component to its human trafficking problem. One of the largest forms of domestic sex trafficking in the U.S. involves traffickers who coerce children to enter the commercial sex industry through the use of a variety of recruitment and control mechanisms in strip clubs, street-based prostitution, escort services and brothels. Domestic sex traffickers commonly referred to as "pimps" typically target vulnerable young children, particularly runaway and homeless youth, although this is not the only population that is manipulated by traffickers. Traffickers don't care about the economic background of any child, they care only about a profit.
The average age of entry into the commercial sex industry is 11-12 years old. Approximately 325,000 children in the United States are subjected to sexual exploitation every year.