Sex trafficking is a growing industry not just in third world countries but also right here in the United States. The International Labor Organization estimated that sex trafficking is a $99 billion business worldwide and that there are approximately 4.8 million people trapped and forced into sexual exploitation globally. Reports of sex trafficking continue to grow. From 2007 to 2017, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received reports of 34,700 sex trafficking cases inside the United States.
There are a number of crucial misconceptions that distort the way in which those who view it at the superficial level perceive the sex industry. Given the clandestine nature of this, it is unsurprising that general knowledge of the subject would be largely based on conjecture and assumption.