Sex trafficking in the United States is a form of human trafficking which involves reproductive slavery or commercial sexual exploitation as it occurs in the United States. It has been estimated that two-thirds of trafficking victims in the United States are US citizens. Most victims who are foreign-born come into the US legally, on various visas. The measures against trafficking of women focus on harsher criminal legislation and punishments, and improving international police cooperation.
The history of sexual slavery in the United States is the history of slavery for the purpose of sexual exploitation as it exists in the United States. African-American slaves were systematically raped or forced to breed with other slaves. Early American colonists were largely male, and some men resorted to force to procure wives. Native American women were often captured to be traded, sold, or taken as wives. Currently, under federal law , a prostitute is considered a victim of human trafficking if he or she is either under 18 or is being controlled through force, fraud or coercion.
The evidence indicates that Chinese women were recruited and transported to the United States under the false promise of securing legitimate jobs, only to be held captive at the spas and coerced to transact for commercial sex. Under the United States Trafficking Victims Protection Act, sex trafficking involves the recruitment or transfer of a person; through force, fraud, or coercion; for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. Read more commentary: When rich men like Robert Kraft get charged with soliciting prostitutes, we forget so fast. They are treated like chattel slaves in every sense of the word.
The Global Slavery Index estimates that on any given day in there were , people living in conditions of modern slavery in the United States, a prevalence of 1. Although multiple government agencies collect data on victims of modern slavery, the United States does not provide one definitive set of statistics on identified victims. This is largely due to federal privacy laws and agency policies that restrict the sharing of personally identifiable information.