Sex Trafficking and the Internet: Can Advertising Websites Be Liable?
Lauren Britsch, J.D. Candidate
The United States is a “source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor, debt bondage, document servitude, and sex trafficking.” A dearth of statistics makes it difficult to know the scope and exact nature of the problem of human trafficking in the United States. Estimates and anecdotal evidence demonstrate, however, that the problem is widespread and affects not only foreigners but also U.S. citizens, particularly minors. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that at least 100,000 American children are trafficked into the commercial sex industry within the United States annually.