Sex trafficking is not something reserved for non-industrialized countries, nor is it something out of a creative fiction novel. Sex trafficking is very real, and according to LibertadLatina.org, Hispanic women in the United States are bought and sold through international sex trafficking rings and local gang networks.
The practice is not a new phenomenon, either, and back in 1997, the San Francisco Examiner interviewed Catalina Suarez, a young woman who was held captive for 18 years and trafficked around Latin America and the United States.
“I was always under the influence of some kind of drugs, or I was traumatized by the beatings or the pain or the fear,” Suarez at the age of 36 told the San Francisco Examiner. “I was put into trunks of cars with rats and roaches. I screamed and screamed and screamed. No one would help me.”