Sex Trafficking on the Rise in Middle America

June 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm Leave a comment

A recent story published by The Columbus Dispatch covers a growing trend in sex trafficking in middle America—moving away from big cities and into the suburbs and malls. Although we traditional think of prostitutes as criminals who have chosen to sell themselves; increasingly, sex traffickers are luring young girls from the suburbs and off college campuses, effectively kidnapping them, addicting them to drugs and forcing them work as prostitutes. The article details an especially harrowing experience of a 19-year-old girl from Hilliard , OH, a suburb of Columbus.

If you live in a nice, upper-class neighborhood, it’s easy to think that your daughters are safe from the lures cast by pimps and sex traffickers, but these manipulative individuals use a variety of tactics to pull in girls as young as 12, often using female associates to befriend lonely or alienated middle-class girls and introduce them to a life of prostitution.

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