Combating Sex Trafficking in NC by Nina Rhoades

Sex Trafficking In the United States: a brief overview

As an introduction to this blog and my work against sex trafficking, Id like to start off with some statistics on trafficking in the U.S. and a basic overview of the issue. Later I’ll go more in depth about the intersectionality of this issue and what can be done to stop it.

According to a literature review by Edward J. Schauer and Elizabeth M. Wheaton, “The United States of America ranks as the world’s second largest destination/market country (after Germany) for women and children trafficked for purposes of sexual exploitation in the sex industry (Mizus, Moody, Privado, & Douglas, 2003).”

An estimated 50,000 people are victims of sex trafficking in the U.S. each year, a staggering 96% of them are female and half are children.

The common systems of sex trafficking include truck stops, false massage parlors, false hotel services, and anywhere prostitution is present.

The problem is growing even more serious than drug trafficking and is estimated to surpass it in prevalence in the next 10 years.

During my time in Boone I have worked  to organize events and campaigns to raise awareness and build a broad base of college activist to help bring an end to the practices of sex trafficking in my community.

My work with Ignite NC covers various methods used to combat this issue and their different levels of effectiveness. If you or anyone you know is a victim of sex trafficking, please call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733). Visit for more information on tips or how to get involved.