22 United States Code sec. 7102
Kotrla, Kimberly. "Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the United States." Social Work 55.2 (2010): 181-187. Academic Search Premier. Web. 18 July 2014.
Smith, Linda A., Samantha Healy Vardaman, and Melissa A. Snow. National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: America's Prostituted Children. Vancouver: Shared Hope International, 2009. Print.
In the United States, sex trafficking is a rapidly growing industry and a heinous abuse of human rights (Smith, Vardaman, and Snow 74). Before 2000, no federal legislation existed to define or offensively oppose trafficking in this country. The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA), signed into law in 2000, was the first federal legislation that defined sex trafficking. According to the VTVPA, sex trafficking is “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act” (22 U.S.C. § 7102). A commercial sex act, also defined under the VTVPA, is “any sex on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person” (22 U.S.C. § 7102). Trafficking is especially egregious as it pertains to minors. The tragic reality is that statistically, across the U.S., the majority of people lured into commercial sex trafficking are under the age of 18 (Kotrla, 182). This form of commercial sexual exploitation is known as domestic minor sex trafficking.
This website is dedicated specifically to raising awareness about sex trafficking in Arizona as it relates to the commercial exploitation of minors, pinpointing reforms that are still needed to rescue and heal victims, and empowering the public to take action on key sex trafficking issues.