Child sex trafficking is a growing problem in Arizona – with at-risk youth being easy targets for pimps.
Experts who spoke at an educational event at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church on Monday night said a record number of children in foster care, combined with a flourishing drug market, has created a perfect storm in Arizona.
“It really needs to be a communitywide effort because it’s happening everywhere and everybody has a role in it,” said Savannah Sanders, a program assistant with the group Training and Resources United to Stop Trafficking or TRUST.
For Sanders, the issue is personal.
She said she was trafficked in Phoenix when she was 16 years old.
Sanders said she fell in with a pimp who took all her money and held her hostage for nine months.