So many Americans think sex trafficking is a heinous practice—that happens somewhere else. Here, undeniable proof of its human toll right here in the States.
Trafficked is a five-part MarieClaire.com series exploring personal accounts of sex trafficking all over the world. Sex trafficking is not prostitution or sex work—it's recurring rape by threats, coercion, or force by which abusers profit from non-consenting sex acts with the victims. This global epidemic is lucrative and far-reaching: Sex trafficking is estimated to be a multi-billion dollar industry that enslaves 4.5 million people, and 98 percent of the victims are women and girls—recruited, addicted, and enslaved against their will.