Human Trafficking Unit Nationally, human trafficking is the second-fastest growing crime, and this proves true in Pierce County. Most of these cases involve underage girls being sold for sex. In recent years, street gangs have moved into human trafficking because it is safer and more lucrative than selling drugs.
Unlike their drug supply, gangs view prostitutes as a renewable resource that can be sold over and over again.
Many of the underage victims come from low-income or broken families and were sexually abused as children. As a result, they have low self-esteem and are defiant. The pimps are coercive, controlling and violent.
They control all of the money, and the girls see little, if any, of what they earn. A ificant portion of prostitution transactions now take place online, on sites like Back. Pimps take photos of the young girls and then create online for clients to browse. Human trafficking cases are complex and difficult to prosecute because victims are afraid of the pimps.
The penalties for human trafficking in Washington State are severe. The sentence for first degree human trafficking is equivalent to that of second degree murder.
A convicted pimp is looking at spending approximately 25 years in prison. High Priority Offender Unit. Elder Abuse Unit.
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