It isn’t something that just happens abroad, and it isn’t something that happens only to other people’s children. Child sex trafficking is booming in D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
“This guy didn’t come on strong, he didn’t call me and talk about sex or running away,” 34-year-old Holly Austin Smith said.
Holly is a married microbiologist and writer originally from New Jersey, now calling Richmond, Virginia home. But for more than half her life she’s held a secret.
Holly says at 14, she was vulnerable and depressed. It was more than teenage angst and it was at the mall where she met a man who would change her life forever.
“I just felt special that he was calling me out of the crowd and he was connecting with me,” she said. They exchanged numbers and talked every other night for about two weeks.
He promised to take her to a dance club. Instead, he took her to a motel in Atlantic City.
“There was a woman in the motel room, she was very, very pretty, he kind of handed me over to her and said get her ready,” she said.
Holly’s hair was dyed, she was given a fake name, a fake birth date, and no way out. The man and woman took her to the street and sold her body for money.
Source: WUSA 9