In sex trafficking, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimates that 100,000 to 300,000 American children are prostituted or at risk of commercial sexual exploitation within the U.S. each year, and the average age of entry is 13 years old. Child sex trafficking victims come from various socio-economic backgrounds and upbringings. They are recruited by pimps and peers appearing to be friends in malls, schools, at bus stops or as runaways on the street. Once attached, they are sold over and over, night after night, and/or are forced to work in strip clubs, used in pornographic films, sold on the internet, and made to walk the streets to meet a nightly quota set by the pimp.
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