Catholic Sister Clare Nolan stood before a packed audience at the City Club of Cleveland and asked her audience to think about some numbers: Somewhere between 700,000 and 2 million women and girls are taken beyond their national borders and forced into prostitution each year. One million children are channeled into the sex industry annually, starting as young as six. In Asia, pimps buy girls for about $300; virgins cost $3,000 to $5,000.
Asian girls delivered to the U.S. retail for about $20,000. Each year, crime syndicates transport about 50,000 foreign women and girls into the U.S. to sell into prostitution.
Then Sister Clare, a United Nations expert on human trafficking, challenged her audience to do something about these facts, noting that the numbers, as shocking as they are, are conservative estimates from the UN and U.S. State Department.