U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites always use a .gov or .mil domain. Before sharing sensitive information online, make sure you’re on a .gov or .mil site by inspecting your browser’s address (or “location”) bar.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Myths and Facts about Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States

NCJ Number
248538
Date Published
Author(s)
Institute of Medicine
Annotation
This Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) factsheet provides myths and facts about the commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the United States.
Abstract
Presented in this OJJDP factsheet are five common myths and correct facts about the commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the United States. The myths presented include the following: 1) sex trafficking only happens overseas to young girls; 2) minors who are commercially sexually exploited or trafficked for sex are recognized as victims of crime and abuse; 3) people who buy sex with minors or engage in the sale of sex with minors are caught and punished for these crimes; 4) it is easy for professionals who interact with minors to recognize victims, survivors, and youth at risk of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking; and 5) help is readily available for victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.
Date Created: December 15, 2014