Local Stats & Information
+ Every month, 900 individuals are SOLD for SEX on back page.com in Nebraska. Often multiple times. (Source: 2017 Nebraska Sex Trafficking Report. Creighton University(CU) Study/Women’s Fund of Omaha)
Note: This (900) number does not include labor trafficking, or sex trafficking advertised on other web sites, at massage parlors, truck stops, or via word of mouth.
Update: Backpage was shut down in April, 2018.
+ The existence of Interstate’s 80 and 29 coupled with internet sex advertising makes the Omaha-metro area vulnerable to trafficking. It’s an interconnected market operating like a revolving trafficking door through Nebraska and Iowa. (sources: Al Rikowski- 2014 Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force, 2017 NE Sex Trafficking Report/CU Study)
+ In Nebraska, 11% of those being sold for sex online are advertised under the age of 21. “The younger the individual, the higher the hourly rate they can advertise. This creates incentives for the traffickers to recruit younger women and girls.” (Source: 2017 NE Sex Trafficking Report/CU Study)
+ What was discovered by the task force was a flourishing sex trade in Nebraska. There is an apparent large demand which creates opportunity for large amounts of money to be made. (source: Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force)
National Human Trafficking Statistics
+ The sale of human beings is the third largest illicit trade following drugs and weapons, however, it’s growing at a faster than both of these. Additionally, an estimated 50% of trafficking victims are children and 80% are women. (Source: A-21)
+ The average age of trafficking victims is 12-14. (Source: A21)
+ A pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child each year and the average pimp has 4-6 girls. (Source: U.S. Justice Department, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
+ Human Trafficking is a $32 Billion/year industry, bringing in more revenue than the NFL, NBA, and MLB combined.
+ An estimated 35 million people are held in slavery worldwide. This is more than any other time in history. (Source: A21)
+ Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, generating more than $150 billion USD every year. (Source: A21)