Human Traffic Watch

FORUM: More needs to be done to protect victims of sex trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 8, 2013 at 9:08 am

One-hundred-thousand. That is the number of children and teenagers estimated to be exploited in the commercial sex trade here in the United States.

Fourteen-year-old “Grace” was one of those teens. One day, she is hanging out with her friends in her neighborhood after school. She wants to be anywhere but inside her abusive home. Louis walks up to the girls, singles her out, and tells her she is pretty. He flirts with her and asks her out on a date.

Grace doesn’t know it yet, but her life is about to change forever.

After a few months of “courtship,” Grace believes she is in love and runs away from home to live with Louis. But he soon becomes abusive.

While most girls Grace’s age are worrying about studying for their next history exam, Louis starts taking her from state to state to sell her for commercial sex with dozens of men. She quickly learns that refusals coincide with beatings and rape.

Then, one night, Grace is arrested and charged with solicitation. When she is released, she returns to her pimp because she doesn’t know where else to go. She can’t return to her family, and he has threatened to find her and beat her if she doesn’t return to him.

Louis has used a toxic mixture of abuse and feigned compassion to manipulate her into believing she is fully dependent on him.

Source: New Haven Register

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