Human Traffic Watch

Gang sex trafficking: How a teen girl was lured into Northern Virginia’s sex industry

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on November 29, 2012 at 11:17 am The young woman you interviewed for your story was just 16 when she was recruited by the Crips. Tell us how it happened?

Pamela: The young woman I interviewed was a straight-A student from an upper-middle class family from Fairfax, Va. One day in the summer of 2009, she was standing at the Springfield Metro station bus stop and was approached by a Crips gang member. She says he was very charming and made it seem so “normal” to make money by having sex. Ultimately, he was preying on her vulnerabilities as a young girl who had low self- esteem and was still unsure of herself.

The recruiting often happens at public places, like Metro stations, but it can also happen through social media sites. We interviewed one of the convicted gang members over the phone from federal prison and he says the Internet was the most common way gang members would lure in girls, often through alias accounts.

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