- it's tied to organized crime and highly profitable;
- the demand for sex services, including from children, is high and growing; and
- the lack of safe and legal migration facilitates it.
The Internet is a frequent recruitment tool. Other vulnerable victims are shelter and street youths, including runaways. An estimated 2.8 million children live on city streets, a third of whom are lured into prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home. Familial prostitution is also common and involves the selling of a family member for drugs, shelter, and/or money.
According to the Union of Needle Trades and Industrial Textile Employees, 75% of New York garment factories are sweatshops.