Sunday, July 21, 2013

"And Boys Too"... Commercial Sexual Exploitation

As I have been reading papers and research results on the human trade (human trafficking), I have noticed that many sources bring up the lack of data on men who are trafficked int the commercial sex industry.  And so, today I wanted to discuss something that people do not realize.

Males are also victims of sex trafficking.  

I also received an email from an ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking) intern informing me of new research which discusses the lack of data regarding boys as victims in sex trafficking.  I have screen shots of main points from their findings below.  I would also like to encourage you to read their research report, And Boys Too.

I was looking for information on male victims of sex slavery, I stumbled upon the website The Good Men ProjectOn this site I found an article, The Other 20%, which focused on boys and men in global sex slavery.  

"The Good Men Project is not so much a magazine as a social movement. 
We are fostering a national discussion centered around modern 
manhood and the question, “What does it mean to be a good man”?"

The above blurb from their about page reminded me how important it is that young men are educated on the realities of the commercial sex industry.  Don't get me wrong, I am aware that both women and men purchase sex.  However, when it comes to slavery, there would be no supply if there was no demand.  When it comes to sex slavery, this puts responsibility on the purchaser of sex, which overwhelmingly consists of men.  This is why it is key to be aware that purchasing sex from what may seem like a "voluntary prostitute,"  may not be voluntary at all and may be a victim of human trafficking.  As a purchaser it is extremely hard to tell the difference.  This is why I was pleased to see The Other 20% on The Good Men Project,  because this site is making a point to educate young men on human trafficking, and open their eyes to the truth to who the victims are.

It truly is astonishing to think that there are an estimated 20.9 million slaves internationally, according to Polaris Projectwhich is on the low end of other statistics I have seen.  

That makes an estimated 4.18 million male slaves 
in the (mostly) forced labor and sex industry!  

Boys are being purchased to be raped by both women and men.  Not just young girls and women.  A study done by The John Jay College and the Center for Court Innovation, The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in New York City in 2008, estimated that as high as 50% of the commercially sexually exploited children in the U.S. are boys.  Don't forget our brothers who are trapped in the sex trade.  As mentioned above, here are some snapshots from And Boys Too:

When learning and educating about human trafficking, please do not forget the boys and young men who are also victims of slavery...

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Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing this, Christine! This is such an important issue that does not receive nearly enough attention.
Because men are usually regarded as the problem or source of demand (acting as pimps, johns, etc), so many innocent male sex trafficking victims are overlooked and revictimized.
The only way to effectively combat this injustice is through increased awareness. So thank you for spreading the word about this!

More information about this and other issues relating to child trafficking can be found on ECPAT-USA's official website at

Thanks again for all that you do!

--Melissa, ECPAT-USA

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Carolyna said...

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