Sex trafficking is the new sex offender industry buzzword. The media propaganda machine, fueled by the political opportunists, is up and going, and the numbers being thrown around stagger the imagination. If the number of innocent children–some snatched off the street never to be seen again–forced into sex trafficking were factual, almost every one of us would know of at least one child who just disappeared. Not surprisingly, the old, tired “100,000” rears its head again, this time as the minimum number of youth in the U.S. who are “trafficked” each year. *
Run-away teens, sadly, do often get involved in prostitution. This is a tragic situation, but it is no new problem. Adult prostitution has always and will always exist. The definition of sex trafficking has been rewritten to include these situations as well as the many and varied methods of sting and entrapment situations** that law enforcement can manage to pull off.
A new focus was needed to enthrall the media and the public and to justify the massive amount of money and federal grants poured into the sex offender industry. This fills the bill just fine. Do not be surprised to hear, in the upcoming months, of even more new task forces being formed dedicated to fighting sexual trafficking. Websites and Facebook pages will be created dedicated to finding and bringing home the hundreds of thousands of children who have fallen prey to sex trafficking.
And in a few years, when the evil sex traffickers have run their course…what then will be the new bogeyman?