Human Traffic Watch

Our view: It’s time to crack the shell of silence on sex trafficking in the Northland

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm

In the Northland, often, it’s a matter of survival: the desperate need for a warm, dry place to sleep or a bite to eat. Sometimes it’s the only way to avoid a beating.

So, young women — little girls, really, some as young as 13 or 14 — sell themselves; more typically, they allow themselves to be sold.

“It happens here; trust us, it happens,” Shunu Shrestha of PAVSA, or the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault, told the News Tribune Opinion page last week. How frequently is hard to say. The girls too often see themselves the way society for too long has seen them: as criminals and prostitutes rather than as the crime victims they truly are.

So they don’t talk.

No one talks.

And it keeps happening.

Right here. In our community.

To our beautiful children. Our little girls.

Source: Duluth News Tribune

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