What is Commercial Sexual Exploitation?
Commercial sexual exploitation is a global problem that could be happening right in your neighborhood. The commercial sex industry victimizes women, girls and boys.
Commercial sexual exploitation occurs when individuals buy, trade, or sell sexual acts.
Human trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act. Children (including underaged teens) who are involved in the commercial sex industry are viewed as victims of severe forms of trafficking in persons, which is human trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age. A commercial sex act is any sex act on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person.