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The 15-year-old girl managed to call family members for help while 18-year-old Matthew Gray and 19-year-old Janelle Butler were sleeping Monday night, authorities said. The girl ran away from her El Mirage home in September and met the couple through a friend about three hours after she disappeared, police Sgt. They took her to a park, bound her and had her gang raped for hours, police said.– Associated Press, 2005 * Per a 2011 Congressional Research Service report on child sex trafficking, "It is more profitable for a trafficker to prostitute a child than to commit other crimes such as dealing in drugs." This is because "the commodity (child) is reusable" and "technological innovation has allowed traffickers to reach a wider client base and connect more quickly with buyers."  * According to interviews conducted by the New York Times with more than two dozen convicted pimps: "While most of the pimps said they prefer adult women because teenage runaways involve more legal risks, juveniles fetch higher prices from clients and are far easier to manipulate."  * Interviews with five ex-pimps in Chicago conducted by researchers at the De Paul University College of Law found that they knowingly prostituted underage girls: "They all claimed to be 18, but I knew for a fact that some were 15 years old." One said "as young as 15," another "as young as 14.
• 54% of the victims were below the age of 18, 31% were ages 18 to 24, 10% were 25 and older, and 3% were of unknown ages. * For a University of Pennsylvania study of child sex trafficking, investigators interviewed children in 17 U. cities who were sexually exploited for profit via prostitution, pornography, stripping, etc. The study found: • Among 210 victims, 24% were from households in poverty, and 76% were from working- and middle-class households. • Among 107 girls and 63 boys who were prostituted, the "the age range of entry into prostitution" was 12-14 years for the girls and 11-13 years for the boys.   • "At least 95% of all the commercial sex engaged in by boys is provided to adult males."  * The following are excerpts from news reports about different types of sex trafficking cases in the U.S.: One 17-year-old solicited on Facebook allowed [Justin] Strom to pick her up in his car at her home, but when he spelled out what he expected, she told Strom she wanted out.In response, he "slammed her head against the window of the vehicle," forced her to ingest cocaine, and slashed her arm with a knife, according to court documents.The victims were compelled to perform sex acts 12 hours a day and were subjected to beatings, rape and forced abortions, they said.– MSNBC and Telemundo, 2008 A couple held a runaway teen captive in a hollow bed frame for weeks and forced her to have sex for money with people they found on the Internet, police said.