Thank you for visiting the Camden Civil Rights Project page on Human Trafficking. Our archives section contains a variety of informative print, audio and video materials on the growing problem of Human Trafficking within the United States. The section attempts to create awareness of what many human rights organizations have referred to as the “Invisible Crime” by providing tips on how identify the red flags of human trafficking and a list of organizations to contact if you suspect someone is being trafficked. If you are a victim seeking assistance or rescue, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Archived articles can be accessed by clicking on the links below. Please feel free to use the comment section to recommend materials and resources you believe will aid in creating a better understanding of how to address the problem of human trafficking within the United States.
Multiple contributors, edited by L. Christopher Skufca (Camden Civil Rights Project)
Estimating The Size And Structure Of The Underground Commercial Sex Economy In Eight Major US Cities
Meredith Dank, Bilal Khan, P. Mitchell Downey, Cybele Kotonias, Debbie Mayer, Colleen Owens, Laura Pacifici, Lilly Yu (Urban Institute)
By Dan Lamothe (Washington Post)
by Sarah Stillman (The New Yorker)
by Elizabeth Meinke (Town Hall Magazine)
by Amanda M. Fairbanks (Huffington Post)
by Katie J.M. Baker (Buzzfeed)
by Britney Cason (ESPN)
by Eleanor Goldberg (Huffington Post)
U.S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Ark of Hope for Children
by Conchita Sernoff (Huffington Post)
by Heather Saul (The Independent)
by Helen Nianias (The Independent)
“Sex sells” does little to explain the multimillion-dollar profits generated by the underground commercial sex economy. From high-end escort services to high school “sneaker pimps,” the sex trade leaves no demographic unrepresented and circuits almost every major US city. A landmark study funded by the Justice Department estimates that the underground sex industry in each of seven U.S. cities generates between $40 million to nearly $300 million a year. Hari Sreenivasan of PBS Newshour speaks with the lead author of the report, Meredith Dank of the Urban Institute.
View the video HERE
CNN Presents: Selling the Girl Next Door (2012)
Synopsis: According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there are at least 100,000 underage females being sex trafficked in America today. That’s a conservative estimate based on what little hard data currently exists; NCMEC believes the real number could be as high as 300,000. According to studies, pimps can make up to half a million dollars a year, and they frequently prey on the young and the vulnerable over the internet — the new marketplace for underage sex trafficking. In 2011, victims’ advocates referred to the internet classified site Craigslist’s Adult Service Section the “Walmart of child sex trafficking.” In a yearlong investigation, CNN’s Amber Lyon reveals the devastating realities of the U.S. commercial trade in underage sex.
View the video HERE
Inside Secret America: American Sex Slave (2013)
Synopsis: Many Americans believe that human trafficking only exists in underdeveloped foreign nations. But here in America, the sex trade is thriving. The average age for entrance into the sex industry is 12-14 years old and the vast majority of females who are coerced into sex trafficking have limited options for escaping the lifestyle. In this episode of National Geographic’s Inside: Secret America, investigative journalists Mariana van Zeller and Darren Foster go undercover and explore the world of sex trafficking in the United States. They gain an insider’s perspective from victims, outreach workers and law enforcement officials who are on the front lines fighting to stop this American tragedy.
America’s Daughters is a powerful piece of spoken word written and performed by a female survivor of sex trafficking. Through her words, we gain a brief glimpse into the unbelievable exploitation so many people have endured while yearning for what we all need: LOVE. This woman’s brave decision to speak out also demonstrates the remarkable resilience of the survivors Polaris Project serves every day.
View the video HERE