The Economics Of Sex Trafficking

June 27, 2012 in Daily Bulletin

The BBC took a look at the numbers behind the global sex trafficking industry. Details include:

  • One Mexican town called Tenancingo is built upon sex trafficking. It has a population of 10,000 and 10% of them are thought to be traffickers. The men lure poor women into the town by promising them jobs or even marriage. They realize too late that they are to become sex slaves.
  • A lot of the women are taken to New York and can only leave the building when their pimp transports them to a new location.
  • The average victim is between the age of 14 and 19.
  • The going rate is around $30 for 15 minutes. A girl will see 25-30 male clients in a shift, and the brothel will make $5,250 per girl per week.

The interactive infographic was produced by Laura Trevelyan, David Botti, Ignacio de los Reyes, Chuck Tayman, Nada Tawfik, Mark Bryson, Claire Shannon, and Luke Ward, and you can read more details including why law enforcement has been hampered, what New York is trying to do, and other information here.

Source: BBC News