Local resident moving forward with coalition on minor sex trafficking


Des Moines resident Carri Litowitz wants our Readers to know that the ‘Coalition Against Trafficking’ (CAT) – targeting minor sex trafficking in the US and south King County region – will officially kick-off on May 14.

“I am forming a coalition against trafficking here in Des Moines,” she told The Waterland Blog, “…if you are interested in getting involved in stopping this horrific crime, please email me at [email protected] or my cell phone is 253-209-4490. I will be showing a documentary called ‘Chosen’ put out by Shared Hope International, look for a future announcement for details.”

Here are more details:

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the U.S.

VICTIMS: 1 out of 5 girls and 1 out of 10 boys will be sexually victimized by the time they reach adulthood. 13-years old is the average age a child is first exploited through prostitution.

At least 100,000 U.S. children are exploited in prostitution every year in America. Human trafficking in the U.S. is a $9.8 BILLION industry.

BUYERS: America’s fascination with pornography and prostitution is linked to demand. Buyers come from all ages, occupations, and ethnicities. Buyers reported that they were an average of 21 years old when they first bought sex.

TRAFFICKERS (PIMPS): A trafficker is anyone who profits by receiving cash or other benefits in exchange for sex with a minor. Across the U.S., family members, friends, and “boyfriends” can be pimps and traffickers. In one study, traffickers sold anywhere from 20-800 individual women in their lifetime. Traffickers commonly sell underage girls for $400 per hour or more. 90% of victims are under the control of a pimp.


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