Most often, women and girls are the main targets of sex trafficking. However, men, boys, and those who identify on the non-binary spectrum are also targeted. The average age of recruitment has been identified at around 12 years old.
People are more likely to be targeted when they are vulnerable. For example, people who come from low-income brackets, who struggle with self-esteem and mental health, who are often discriminated against, or who come from minorities.
Often, traffickers will develop and intimate bond with the person they are trafficking in order to use emotional manipulation and make them fear leaving their trafficker.