“They fear law enforcement…because they’re technically committing a crime and that is prostitution,” he said.
The Department of Homeland Security defines human trafficking as a “modern-day form of slavery involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain.” In 2012, the International Labor Organization estimated that there are 20.9 million human trafficking victims worldwide.
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Three-quarters of those responded that they had some free time in the airport, and so the website followed up to learn how that down time was used.
Detective Bill Woolf with the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force has experienced this first hand.
In many cases, those who have been exploited believe that they are offenders, Woolf told me.
About 1 in 10 American air travelers reports having had sex of some kind at an airport, compared with about 8 percent who are members of the Mile High Club, according to an important new survey conducted by a flight-shopping website.
Of those who had some sort of "sexual encounter," 42 percent reported that it took place in a public restroom, while 28 percent got busy in the "storage cupboards" (? And yet we must because it was too amusing and/or depressing to let pass.