The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 defines sex trafficking as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for a commercial sex act. It has since then been revised in 2009 and also in 2015 to include the production of child porn; that the defense of “I didn’t know how old the victim was” will no longer hold up in a court of law. And acknowledging that the demand for commercial sex is the primary cause of human trafficking and that we will not be able to eliminate it without addressing the demand.
CSEC (The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children) is any sexual activity involving a child in exchange for something of value. The child is treats as a commercial and sexual object to be used sold or traded.
For more information please visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children or call 1-800-THE-LOST.
If you are a victim of human trafficking or believe you have information about a possible trafficking situation please call the Oregon Human Trafficking Line at 503-251-2479. For more information please visit the National Human Trafficking Resource Center or call 1-888-373-7888.
For related information please see Child Abuse and Rape and Sexual Assault.