This information was gathered from our survey of 300 prostituted women through our social network outreach program. Every couple days over the month of August, we are adding a new stat from our findings to help you better understand the women we are working with. Read the whole series right here on the Free Our Girls blog.
The adult entertainment industry is often the first to integrate new technologies and communication methods. This, coupled with the knowledge that a majority of commercial sexual transactions are advertised and and arranged for online, and a growing percentage of trafficking victims are first approached by their trafficker online, it is imperative that we understand the importance of having advocates for victims and resources for survivors online as well.
As one of the many programs Free Our Girls has been developing, over the last three years we have been building and maintaining relationships with over 300 women currently working in the sex industry using social media platforms to engage them. In July of this year, Free Our Girls carried out a study of these women to gain a deeper understanding of the population as a whole, with the desire to further focus our interactions and outreach with these women. As this was a purely observational study, the data gathered was based exclusively on the information these women choose to share on their social media profile, including their posts, captions and conversations.
Over the month of August, Free Our Girls will be sharing the findings of our study with you to help further understand the demographics of those currently facing commercial sexual exploitation, so that we can better engage the women we aim to serve. Follow our #BeTheKey campaign here on our blog, as well as our Facebook page, as we provide powerful information that can help you become an educated and compassionate advocate.