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If the victim is 14 to 17 years old, the sentence can range from 10 years to life. The law applies regardless of whether the child misrepresents herself or himself as an adult, and prosecutors are not required to prove that a defendant knew the victim was under the age of 18. * A 2011 U. Department of Justice study of 389 confirmed cases of sex trafficking involving 460 victims found that: • 94% of the victims were female and 6% were male. • 35% of the victims were black, 22% were white, 21% were Latino, 4% were Asian, and 18% were of other or unknown races.
– Washington Times, 2011 On Monday, prosecutors in Brooklyn announced the indictments of the four people — two men and two women — on charges including sex trafficking, promoting prostitution and endangering the welfare of a child.– Times Ledger (New York), February 22, 2013 An Edison man who allegedly used violence and threats of violence to enslave women in a high-priced prostitution ring based in New Jersey has been arrested…[Percival R.] Williams allegedly kept the women at his house or in nearby hotels, and would solicit clients for the women by placing sexually suggestive ads on the website It was the nature of the business." Still another said, "If they were bleeding they could work for me."  * The following undercover footage is from Shared Hope International, an organization that "strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex slavery, restore victims of sex trafficking, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children." The video shows a trafficker demanding a premium for sex with a child.Many of San Francisco's Asian massage parlors -- long an established part of the city's sexually permissive culture -- have degenerated into something much more sinister: international sex slave shops. Sex slaves who work in massage parlors and bars are often locked in their place of business by double security doors, monitored by surveillance cameras and only let outside under the guard of crooked taxi drivers who ferry them to their next sex appointment. Facilitators, or accomplices, avoid direct responsibility for sex trafficking crimes by creating distance from the immediate criminal activity, but they profit from and make possible the sex trafficking of children.