Human Traffic Watch

Sacramento 2nd Worst City In U.S. Among Human Trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on March 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm

It’s shocking to learn that Sacramento is one of the top five cities in the country suffering from human trafficking, and it’s not slowing down.

Tyron Van Tran, 20, one of Sacramento’s most wanted, was recently arrested for allegedly pimping out an underage girl. Police say a routine traffic stop put him behind bars.

“Obviously these are children that are being victimized,” an undercover Sacramento police officer said. “They come under the spell of these pimps.”

The officer says cases like Tran’s are very common. According to the FBI, of the nation’s top five worst cities experiencing the epidemic of child trafficking, Sacramento is second on the list.

Girls as young as 12-years-old — children desperate for love — are being preyed on by pimps.

“CPS kids, foster kids, they’re runaways,” the officer said. “You’re dealing with kids living on the streets that don’t eat that often sometimes and don’t have a place to stay. It’s survival for them.”

The pimp becomes the new father figure, the officer says.

Source: CBS Local

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