Human Traffic Watch

Child-sex trafficking a problem in US, Mesa

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Child-sex trafficking — it sounds like such a foreign problem.

Young girls from Asia, Eastern Europe are shipped around the world to serve in sexual slavery.

But child-sex trafficking is also an American problem.

It happens in this country and it even happens in its 38th largest city: Mesa.

According to the Diane Halle Center for Family Justice, it happened to “Mary,” who grew up in Mesa. Her name has been withheld for her protection and privacy.

The Phoenix center, part of a program with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, is comprised of a very small staff that works with area law enforcement and social-service organizations to help victims of violence and “provides free or reduced-fee legal representation, advice and support to victims of family violence, child abuse, sexual assault, sex-trafficking and other vulnerable populations that the private market would otherwise fail,” according to its website.

Source: East Valley Tribune

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