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Under federal law, is it considered sex trafficking to induce someone under the age of 18 to perform a sex act in exchange for something of value (such as money, shelter, transportation, or food)?

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Under federal law 22 USC § 7102, inducing someone under the age of 18 to perform a sex act in exchange for something of value is considered sex trafficking. The mandatory minimum sentence for this crime is 10 years, and the law applies regardless of whether the minor misrepresents herself or himself as an adult.

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