2A/12 sex trafficking at truck stops


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2A/12 sex trafficking at truck stops

  1. 1. Human TraffickingOverviewSex Trafficking in the U.S.Fake Massage BusinessesInternet BasedResidential BrothelsStreet ProstitutionHostess & Strip ClubsEscort ServicesTruck StopsLabor Trafficking in the U.S.Recognizing the SignsInternational TraffickingTrafficking FAQsState-by-State ResourcesCalendar of EventsThe NHTRC Human Trafficking Report a Tip Access Training Resources Map Get Involved ContactThis young woman, featured in the film NotMy Life, was forced to sell sex in truck stops inthe midwest.Traffickers force girls and young women to sellsex to men in parked trucks."If you see a young person at a truck stop, think twice. Children generally dontgo to truck stops, and if it seems wrong, it probably is. Dont be afraid to speakup about what you see."– Krista Hoffman, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.Sex traffickingoccurs at truck stops inthe UnitedStates oftenintwoforms, throughpimpcontrolledprostitutionandthroughfakemassage businesses. Pimps frequently move their victims fromcityto city, forcingvictims to engage incommercial sex at truck stopsalongthe way. Brothels disguisedas massage businesses are alsosometimes present at or near truck stops. These networks controlwomenthroughconfinement andcomplicateddebt bondageschemes.Late one night, atruckerpulledoverat atruckstopnearthe highway. The driverobservedamanwith ayounggirl who appearedto be around13 years old, approach several trucks. One of the othertruckers toldhimthat the manwas offeringto sell the younggirl forcommercial sex. He hadfrequently seenthemat the truckstopinthe past. The drivercontactedthe National HumanTraffickingResource Center(NHTRC), who reportedthe informationto afederal taskforce.**Basedoncalls receivedby the National HumanTraffickingResource Center. Details have beenchangedto protect confidentiality.When does it become trafficking?Not all those workinginprostitutionat truck stops are traffickingvictims. Sometimes, womenofferingcommercial sex at truck stopsare there independently andare not under the control of apimp.However, just as is the case instreet prostitutionandescort services,victims under the control of apimphave beenfoundinanumber oftraffickingcases at truck stops. Womenprovidingcommercial sexinfake massage businesses are also oftenat high-risk for sextrafficking.Prostitutionbecomes traffickingwhenthe victimis aminor, or whenacontroller uses force, fraudand/or coercionto maintaincontrol over the victimandto causehim/her to engage incommercial sex. For lists of commonmeans of control, see Street ProstitutionandFake Massage Businesses.*The above list is not comprehensive orcumulative. One element of force, fraudorcoercionmay bepresent, ormany.VulnerabilitiesTransient nature of truckers &traffickers -Efforts by lawenforcement to stoptraffickingat truckstops inone locationor regionare underminedas the johns andpimps simply relocate to truck stopsunder less scrutiny. As aresult, victims remainisolatedfromthe surroundingcommunities.Unique characteristics of truck stop traffickingAdvertising- Sex traffickingat truck stops has its ownslangandunique means of communication:Sex Trafficking at Truck Stops E-mail PrintShareSIGN UP BLOG SEARCH LOGINABOUT USABOUT US WHAT WE DOWHAT WE DO HUMAN TRAFFICKING TAKE ACTIONTAKE ACTION RESOURCESRESOURCES MEDIAMEDIA GIVEGIVEconverted by Web2PDFConvert.com
  2. 2. Top ResourcesHumanTraffickingNational HumanTraffickingResourceCenterSex TraffickingintheU.S.RecognizingtheSignsTheVictimsClient Quotespimps advertise their victims over CBradios usingcode, johns searchonline trucker boards forinformationabout where to purchase prostitution, johns signal that they want commercial sex usingtheir headlights or stickers ontheir windows, andvictims knock onthe cab doors of trucks intheparkinglots. Fake massage businesses at or near truck stops are commonly advertisedonbillboards oronsigns at or near the truck stop.Perpetration of related crimes–Pimps sometimes demandthat their victims steal wallets or otheritems fromthe truckers, andoccasionally, while drivers are distractedby the commercial sex act,pimps steal cargo.Transportation across state lines–Often, especially if the victimis aminor, pimps require her toask the johnfor aride across state lines, so that the john, not the pimp, is inviolationof the MannAct.The MannAct prohibits transportationacross state lines for the purposes of prostitution.Regional Scope-Typically, pimps will require their victims to engage incommercial sex at multipletruck stops. Individuals prostitutedat truck stops are typically movedout of anareaafter two to threeweeks, andmay be movedthroughadozenor more states.Statistics SnapshotThe availability of statistics is limiteddue to the crime’s hiddennature andlimitedawareness bylawenforcement andsocial service providers.Victims of pimp-controlledsex traffickingare commonly forcedto meet quotas of $500 to$1,000 anight. Victims workingatruck stoptypically earn$5 -$100 per sex act. All earningsare confiscatedby the pimp.Victims of sex traffickingwithinfake massage businesses are commonly forcedto have sex with6to 10 menaday.For more resources onsex trafficking, click hereContactPolaris ProjectP.O. Box 53315Washington, D.C. 20009Tel: 202-745-1001Fax: 202-745-1119Email Polaris ProjectWhat We DoNational Human Trafficking HotlinePolicyAdvocacyClient ServicesTraining and TechnicalAssistancePublic Outreach and CommunicationsFellowship ProgramConnect Search Join Our NetworkPrivacy Policy | Copyright 2013 Polaris Project.Sitemap Loginsearch the site enter your emailMore Client Stories"Many things have changed forme since coming to PolarisProject. I now believe it’s nevertoo late to begin again."converted by Web2PDFConvert.com