Male Sex Slaves: Trafficking Victims Are Not Only Female

Sep 1, 2010
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.
A Mexican ministry helps addicts, alcoholics and prostitutes transform their lives. (Tomas Bravo/Reuters)

Sex slavery is a widespread epidemic. While the majority of victims are women, men are also coerced or forced into prostitution.

Just this Tuesday in Spain, a sex trafficking gang was busted for bringing men into the country to work as gay prostitutes.

The gang required the victims to be available for sex 24 hours a day. To stay alert and available, the prostitutes were plied with Viagra, cocaine and other stimulants.

Reported by the Associated Press, the men were recruited mainly from Brazil. Some of the victims knew they were going to work in the sex industry, but others thought they were coming to Spain to work in legitimate jobs.

None of the workers knew they needed to be available all day, every day.

The men were required to pay half their earnings to gang leaders. If they complained, their lives were threatened.

This is hardly an isolated case of male sex trafficking.

In April, two men were trafficked from Africa to Scotland as sex slaves.

Reported by The Daily Record, "One was forced to take part in pornography, while the other was sold for sex."

Amanda Kloer, an anti-trafficking and human rights activist finds it more concerning that young boys versus grown men are trafficked into the sex industry.

She wrote at

Boys are less likely to report all forms of sexual abuse, including trafficking, than girls because of added stigma. Therefore, much less is known about the sex trafficking of boys. But reports indicate that especially in some areas of the world like Southeast Asia, it is alarmingly high.

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