Accurate and comprehensive data on sex trafficking is scarce due to the covert nature of these crimes.   Many aspects of this issue can only be measured through surveys, but the surveys often involve nonrandom convenience samples that may not be representative of broader populations. Thus, Just Facts uses such data critically, citing the best-designed surveys we find, and detailing their inner workings in our footnotes.
Furthermore, studies on sex trafficking are sometimes based on small sample sizes, and hence, the margins of uncertainty can be significant, even within these convenience samples.
– NBC News, 2011 Federal and local investigators swept through the Twin Cities area Monday and arrested more than 20 suspects in an extensive human trafficking investigation involving Somali gangs, sources confirmed. An indictment against 29 suspects was unsealed Monday morning, alleging that members of Somali gangs based in the Twin Cities victimized at least four women -- three of whom were younger than 15 at the time -- by turning them into prostitutes.
– Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2010 Brooklyn prosecutors have busted Bloods gang members on charges of running several sex trafficking rings that recruited girls from junior high schools, the Daily News has learned.
Washington on Wednesday and accused her of prostituting a pair of teens from her apartment on Upper Riverdale Road. The teens were allowed to come and go as they pleased, but were forced to have sex with Washington's customers – men who responded to online ads on Craig's List and – to earn food, shelter and clothing. were featured on the site [Backpage.com], even though they were underage at the time." – WSAW News Channel 7 (Wisconsin), February 19, 2013 The girl told FBI agents that when she was 15, she worked as a prostitute for "D" and his girlfriend, whom she knew only as Tara.The victims were compelled to perform sex acts 12 hours a day and were subjected to beatings, rape and forced abortions, they said.– MSNBC and Telemundo, 2008 A couple held a runaway teen captive in a hollow bed frame for weeks and forced her to have sex for money with people they found on the Internet, police said.Prostitutes as young as 15 were routinely beaten and deprived of food if they didn't earn 0 a day selling their bodies, the Brooklyn district attorney's office found. Consuelo Carreto Valencia, a 4-foot-10, 61-year-old grandmother, pleaded guilty in July to smuggling dozens of women from Mexico and violently coercing them to perform sex acts.Prosecutors said that Valencia was the matriarch of an extensive prostitution ring based in Mexico.– Times Ledger (New York), February 22, 2013 An Edison man who allegedly used violence and threats of violence to enslave women in a high-priced prostitution ring based in New Jersey has been arrested…