Human beings are largely unaware that most prostitution is human trafficking. Most girls in brothels, on the streets, in seedy clubs, etc aren’t there by choice. Nearly 90% of the prostitute’s we’ve talked to all over the world told us they’d get out immediately if it weren’t for a pimp, owner, “boyfriend” or manager that was controlling them or watching them. The minority of women that we talked to that weren’t in brothels, on the streets or controlled by a pimp were using their bodies to get money for food (to feed their families, provide for themselves, etc). The glamorous side of prostitution that’s marketed in places like Las Vegas and Bangkok aren’t actually glamorous at all. Our team worked with a guy in South Africa this summer who used to traffic Thai girls into Johannesburg to work as prostitutes. He said “It began with a break in process. They’d get off the airplane, we’d tie them up to a toilet and several Nigerians would come in and rape them to prepare them for what their work would be like. After that, we’d throw them into the whole network of brothels, clubs and other venues where people paid for sex.”
Participating in prostitution fuels human trafficking. Even if they haven’t been moved from country to country, someone owns them…and each time you pay, you’re perpetuating this stuff.