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  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 ContactA residential building that operated as a sextrafficking location.This is a photo of a room in a residentialbrothel. Women and girls commonly see asmany as four men per hour (every 15"She came from Guatemala, a woman in her early 20s, smuggled into theUnited States for what she thought was a housekeeping job. The journey fromher small town to the Texas border took 26 days. From there she was whiskedto a safe house near Houston, then brought to Tampa, and moved once more toa house in Jacksonville. There, an enforcer for the human trafficking operationtold the woman her debt had jumped from $5,000 to $30,000. The enforcerdemonstrated how to use a condom by rolling it over a beer bottle. He said shedhave to pay back the debt as a prostitute, according to authorities. She turned 25tricks the next day and nearly every day for eight or nine months. This torturedexistence — the daily life of a human trafficking victim — ended May 22, 2007,when authorities intervened."- 2009 St. Petersburg Times ArticleHumantraffickingvictims inresidential brothels are oftenforcedtoprovide commercial sex to highvolumes of mendaily. Incertainsextraffickingnetworks, womenandgirls commonly "serve" as many asfour menper hour (every 15 minutes), totaling48meninagiven12hour day. Inthis network, the victims are almost always womenandchildrenfromLatinAmerica. Brothels are typically locatedinhomes, townhomes, condos, apartments, andtrailers. The majorityof residential brothels are “closednetworks” for only Latino menas"johns." Rather thanadvertizingonline or throughnewspapers, theydistribute business cards or “tarjetas” andalso publicize theirexistence throughword-of-mouth.Afterbeingbrought into the U.S. fromNicaraguaby twocontrollers, ayoungwomanwas kept inanapartment buildingandforcedto provide commercial sex against herwill. The menwouldcome to the street corneroutside the apartment andcall aphonenumber. One of the controllers wouldlet the maninandtake the money. Once, ayoungmanvisitedthe apartment andshe toldhimherstory –which she was unable to leave orcall forhelp. The youngmanreportedthe situationanonymously to the National HumanTraffickingResource Center.**Basedoncalls receivedby the National HumanTraffickingResource Center. Identifyingdetailshave beenchangedto protect confidentiality.When does it become trafficking?Traffickingoccurs whenbrothel operators and/orboyfriends/recruiters use force, fraud, and/or coercionto maintaincontrol over womeninthe brothel andto cause themto engage incommercial sex acts. Anindividual under the age of 18engagedincommercial sex is consideredavictimof sex traffickingregardless ofthe presence of force, fraudor coercion. Commonmeans of controlinclude:Force–Complete isolationinthe residential brothel;regular andResidential Brothels 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 Quotesmany as four men per hour (every 15minutes), totaling 48 men in a given 12 hourday.frequent transportationto other brothels or other cities by driversworkingfor the traffickingnetwork;physical or sexual abuse.Fraud–False promises of abetter life;false promises that ajob inthe UnitedStates will be better thantheir current job;false promises by atrafficker presentingas aboyfriend.Coercion –Pressure to please the customer;debt manipulation;verbal, psychological andemotionalabuse;threats of harmto the victimor victim’s family;threats to shame the victimby revealingthecommercial sex to his or her family andothers inthe community; exploitationof aforeignnationalunfamiliarity withthe language, laws andcustoms of the U.S.;threats of deportationandarrest;confiscationof passports andvisas;restrictions oncommunicationto family;forcedabortions;rumorsof or witnessedviolence at hands of traffickers;coercive pressure fromboyfriends or pimps outsidethe brothel.*The above list is not comprehensive orcumulative. One element of force, fraudorcoercionmay bepresent, ormany.VulnerabilitiesImmigration Status–Frequently, the womenwithinresidential brothel networks areundocumented. They may have come to the U.S. onalegitimate visa, afalse visaprovidedto thembythe network, or they may have beensmuggledacross the border. Inmany cases, their passport oridentificationdocuments have beenconfiscatedby the trafficker, further increasingtheirvulnerability. Without legal status, the womenfrequently are taught by traffickers to fear anddistrustpolice or government authorities.Economic Hardship–Residential brothel networks oftentarget womenexperiencingeconomichardship, exploitingwomen’s needto care financially for family members or children.Frequent Movement & Disorientation –Typically, womenare not aware of or familiar withtheirsurroundings because they are made to live andsleepat the brothel locationandare not allowedtoleave except whentransportedto anewbrothel location.Recruitment –Similar to domestic pimp-controlledsex trafficking, womeninresidential brothelsare commonly recruitedinto the network by traffickers posingas boyfriends who feignromance andaffection. Others are recruitedintheir home countries throughfalse job promises inthe U.S. Latinawomenalready livinginthe U.S. may also be targetedthroughprint advertisements, informalcommunications, or wordof mouth.Statistics SnapshotStandardprice for 15 minutes of sex at aResidential Brothel:$30Standardday for awomanor childat aResidential Brothel:10am–10pm;12 hours;7 days aweekEstimatednumber of menawomanor childmust have sex withdaily:25 –48mendailyFor resources onhumantraffickinginresidential brothels, click hereContactPolaris ProjectP.O. Box 53315What We DoNational Human Trafficking HotlineConnect Search Join Our Networksearch the site enter your emailconverted by Web2PDFConvert.com
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