Treat Prostitutes as Victims, Not Criminals

There is a misconception that women choose to go into prostitution because it is a quick way to make easy money. However, the vast majority of these women are forced to engage in prostitution.According to the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, there were over 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas last year, including more than 78,000 child victims of sex trafficking.Traffickers and pimps use a system of control and domination by seeking out teenagers (overwhelmingly girls) who are vulnerable because of unstable home lives. The trafficker then uses his power to exploit a girl or woman by selling her body for money.  Continue reading...

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