The Washington Post's fact checker has looked skeptically at estimates of the number of youths involved in the sex trade. Among claims that fell apart under scrutiny: that 300,000 children are at risk of sex exploitation, that 100,000 children in the U.S. are in the sex trade, and that on average, girls first become sex trafficking victims at 13. A big problem with any estimate is that data are sparse in the hidden world of trafficking . . .
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