Sex Trafficking Realities.
- It is said the average lifespan of a female, once engaged in prostitution, is seven years.
- The average age of entry for minors is 12-14 years old. Factoring in adult women, the average age of entry into “the life” of prostitution is 17-19 years old.
- 60-90% of survivors are without safe housing. Without safe housing they often return to “the life.”
- 83% of sex trafficking victims are victims of assault with a deadly weapon.
- The Minnesota Attorney General reported “a six-month study by local prosecutors found over 34,000 advertisements posted online for sex in the Twin Cities. But sex trafficking is not just a Twin Cities problem. Trafficking affects people from all parts of Minnesota.
The Facts Don’t Lie.
- Traffickers use coercion, threats, isolation, rape and physical violence to ensnare victims and keep them silent.
- Top sex trafficking venues include illicit massage parlors, hotels and motels, residential brothels, and other sex-oriented businesses.
- One of the single most critical needs for survivors is a place to live – emergency, short-term and long- term housing. Access to safe and stable shelter is critical for survivors who escaped or were rescued from “the life” of trafficking.
- “We know that for survivors [of sex trafficking], comprehensive services are needed not only to meet their physical needs of clothing, personal items and housing, but also their legal needs and emotional and psychological needs. . . . There are not enough services available to meet the growing need. . . . Amborella House can help meet the needs that exist for victims in our region. . . . These services are desperately needed in our community and will help bring healing and hope to the victims of [sex] trafficking.” – Rhonda Sivarajah, Chair, Anoka County Board of Commissioners