LGBT people are more likely to face digital sex trafficing

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12 percent of cases reported since 2005 about remote interactive sexual acts – via webcam, phone sex lines or text involved people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Victims are classed as those participating because of force, fraud or coercion, or if the victim is under 18. The anti-slavery charity revealed that 2 of 5 people illegally sold for slavery are LGBT. The rate of LGBT victims forced into digital sex trafficking was “surprising,” as the CEO of ‘Polaris’ charity shared. He added that he was “glad this is helping to paint a broader picture, so people don’t gravitate towards the obvious aspects of trafficking and so we can help to unearth the parts that are getting ignored, especially in the LGBTQ community. There is a wider lack of understanding how there is an LGBTQ element to the sex trade, whether in person or through remote interactive webcams, or other remote interactive sex acts”

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