What Is Sexual Exploitation?
The National Center of Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) includes these areas in defining what is sexual exploitation:1
- Child abuse
- Sex Trafficking
- Sexual violence
Technology and social media have increased the means by which these happen. NCSE highlights how grooming works, where predators look for vulnerable pre-teens, teens and young women and manipulate them with words and rewards. These methods are how girls can get tricked into a life of prostitution or pornography. Sexual exploitation can happen using any form of social media, as well as online video games and websites.2
A21, a human trafficking organization, reports that high-profile sports events, such as the Super Bowl in the USA, lead to increases in human trafficking, though it is not the only source by any means. This also shows that this issue is worldwide and is not limited to certain socio-economic areas.
A21 recently helped secure a major victory in a United States court against traffickers:
“Our North Carolina team celebrated a ground-breaking court victory in 2020. After working with the lead survivor witness for years, a judge sentenced her trafficker to life behind bars—the highest possible penalty for his crimes. This is a precedent-setting court victory for future cases of human trafficking and a significant win for this survivor and many others.”3
But there are countries where the exploitation is harder to root out and fight against. These are places where families caught in poverty find themselves considering forms of income they never would have imagined, outside of fighting for survival. In these regions, families, widows and the vulnerable are desperate for an option that will keep them from some of the hardest decisions a person might have to make.
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1 “Issues.” National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Accessed March 10, 2022. https://endsexualexploitation.org/issues/.
2 “Carmen Caliente Explains How Grooming, Sex Trafficking Led to Life in Pornography.” National Center on Sexual Exploitation. July 1, 2020. https://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/grooming-and-sex-trafficking-leads-woman-to-life-in-pornography/.
3 “Trafficker Gets Life Sentence in America!” A21. November 2021. https://www.a21.org/content/newsroom/grcjtc.