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Sex Trafficking, CSE*
 Black Women and Girls

Since 2003, Dr. Irie L. Session has provided ministry to women seeking out of prostitution, sex trafficking and other forms of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE)*. Her ministry has led her to facilitate hundreds of presentations, workshops, Bible Studies, and classes on issues related to Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation. Early on in her ministry to survivors she recognized women and girls of color were impacted disportionately in all areas of commercial sexual exploitation. Current research supports Dr. Irie's experiences.

For example:

Sex Trafficking/CSE and Race:
  • In a recent report by the Office of Victims of Crime, of the confirmed sex trafficking victims, 40.4 percent of victims were African-American.  
  • Domestically, 50 percent of trafficked victims are children and overwhelmingly are girls, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • The FBI claims an even more surprising statistic for arrests under the age of 18, black children make up 55 % of all prostitution-related arrests in the U.S.     
  • In a recent Urban Institute study that looked at the economics of human trafficking, of the traffickers interviewed, the majority overwhelming believed that trafficking white women would make them more money but trafficking black women would land them less jail time if caught. 

Sex Trafficking/CSE Facts: 
  • In 2016, an estimated 1 out of 6 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims .
  • Sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to compel adults and children to engage in sex acts against their will. 
  • Many victims become romantically involved with someone who then forces or manipulates them into prostitution.
  • Sex trafficking occurs in a range of venues including fake massage businesses, via online ads or escort services, in residential brothels, on the street or at trucks stops, or at hotels and motels. (See polarisproject.org)


   Seventy-seven percent of victims in alleged human trafficking incidents reported in the U.S. were people of color, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics Report.
Town Hall Meeting on Sex Trafficking
During Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January 2018, Dr. Irie collobarated with The South Dallas Cultural Center and The Gathering, A Womanist Church (where Dr. Irie serves as Co-Pastor), to facilitate the first ever Town Hall Meeting on Sex Trafficking in South Dallas.
Dr. Irie facilitated a panel of distinguished experts on Sex Trafficking in Dallas, Texas; Carmen  White, Administrative Chief Prosecutor, Dallas County District Attorney; Karen Green, Survivor and CEO/Founder of The Haven of Love; and, Brooke Grona Robb, Deputy Chief of Organized Crime Division of the Dallas County DA's Office.

Sex Trafficking and The Brain
Understanding Survivors of Sex Trafficking
Prior to volunteering with or providing services to survivors of sex trafficking and other forms of commerical sexual exploitation it's critical to understand as much as possible about how women and children are impacted by the trauma intrinsic to their experences. The video on this page is one of the best educational tools I've ever seen toward that end. Please spend 20 minutes educating yourself. It may help you help a survivor. 

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