Male Human Trafficking Facts & Statistics

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Myths vs. Facts About Sex Trafficking of Males

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Sex trafficking only affects girls and women.

Boys and young men are sex trafficked too. In fact, recent studies show that up to 50% of sex trafficked youth are male.

Sex trafficking only affects gay men.

Sex trafficking affects males across all sexual orientations, racial and ethnic identities, socioeconomic status, age, etc. It preys on vulnerabilities.

Boys/men can get away.

Boys/men are sex trafficked too.

All traffickers are male.

Approximately 30% of sex traffickers are female.

Boys and men cannot be sexually assaulted.

One in six males report sexual abuse or assault at some point in their lifetimes.

If someone does not identify as a victim, then they must have wanted it.

Many victims do not recognize themselves as victims due to social stigma, feelings of shame, pre-existing vulnerabilities that normalize abuse, and lack of resources available.

Consent is an active, sober, verbal, yes. Anything short of that is not consent and therefore unwanted.

Males don’t ask for help.

The majority of sex trafficking survivors report asking for help from multiple professionals before finally receiving the help they need to escape.

Their out cries, especially males, are often overlooked or misinterpreted due to lack of awareness about the signs and symptoms of sex trafficking, as well as the social stigmas mentioned above.

Statistics on CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) of Males

We believe the current data only captures a fraction of the actual total. Current assessment measures miss the boys because they do not ask the right questions.

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References: Polaris, NCBI,, USA Today, DHS

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