- Globally, the International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.8 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation.
- Germany is a transit and destination country for women being trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation.
- Victims are trafficked to Germany from other parts of Europe (primarily Eastern Europe), Africa (primarily Nigeria), Asia, and the Western Hemisphere.
- Stuttgart, Germany is one of Europe’s hottest destinations for sex tourism.
The situations that sex-trafficking victims face vary dramatically. Many victims become romantically involved with someone who then forces or manipulates them into prostitution. Others are lured in with false promises of a job, such as modeling or dancing. Some are forced to sell sex by their parents or other family members. They may be involved in a trafficking situation for a few days or weeks, or may remain in the same trafficking situation for years.
"She is like a tiny, frail bird caught up in a cage of perpetual darkness. A darkness from which she has lost all hope of escape.” (Marta, a member of the Kainos intervention team)