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Sex trafficking exists because we humans are willing to buy sex and thus take control over another human being, in an extremely vulnerable situation.
Many people in search of jobs are tricked into sex trafficking - an enticing job advertisement can turn into a nightmare. Often you are tricked by someone you already know.
Europe has the world's highest number of sex slaves per capita and the sex trade continues to increase. A major problem is that in many countries you are allowed to buy sex; making sex trade and trafficking into a very lucrative business. In order to stop human trafficking, we must cut off the flow of money from purchases of sexual services. At RealStars we work tirelessly on a broad front to fight trafficking. And with your help we will be able to create a better world free of human trafficking - a society which protects the victims from the perpetrators. The goal is for all countries to have a law prohibiting buying sex like the one we have in Sweden and the one France just recently adopted.
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Fair Sex is sex on equal terms. No one should be a slave, forced to satisfy another person’s sexual needs. Countries with laws against sex trade have taken a position for Fair Sex. Currently, only three European countries do this: Sweden, Norway and Iceland.
The new EU directive on trafficking in human beings, which was passed in March 2011, missed the opportunity to make it illegal to buy sex from a trafficked person. The criminalisation is crucial for putting an end to sex trafficking, since it would reduce the demand that fosters trafficking, make it less profitable and more risky. As long as the sex buyer has no liability, it’s business as usual for the human traffickers.
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is the chance of an European involved in trafficking being convicted and only 1-2% of sex trafficking victims are rescued. Statistics show that trafficked sex slaves are by far the most lucrative slaves in the world.
of all sex trafficking victims are under 18 years old. And the number of teenaged victims rises. For example, the numbers of girls under 18 used for prostitution in Amsterdam increased from 4,000 to 15,000 in 2011. In Switzerland it is still legal to buy sex from someone under 18.
is the number of women who comes to Europe as victims of trafficking each year (as estimated by ILO). The total amount of sex trafficking victims has increased during recent years.
wanted to escape prostitution but had no other options but to continue.
- 73% of all prostitutes have had a history of sexual abuse in their childhood.
- 63% have been raped in prostitution.
- 71% have been physically assaulted.