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Sex Trafficking

What is sex trafficking?

Sex trafficking is a form of modern slavery that varies from situation to situation. Sex traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to get their victim to perform a commercial sex act such as prostitution, pornography and any sexual favors done for money, drugs, shelter, food or clothes.

Many victims are forced into sex trafficking by an intimate partner or family member or are lured with false promises of a new job opportunity. Vulnerable populations are often targeted by traffickers, including homeless/runaway youth and victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Sex trafficking often occurs in fake massage businesses, escort services, residential brothels, truck stops, strip clubs, hotels/motels and elsewhere.

For support accessing local sex trafficking recovery and shelter programs, contact our 24-Hour Crisis Helpline at 314.531.2003. To inquire about our free, weekly one-on-one counseling sessions to address trauma from past sex trafficking experience, contact our assessment line at 314.646.7500 x118.

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