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Teen Girls Tell Their Stories of Sex Trafficking and Exploitation in U.S.
ABC News ^ | Feb. 9, 2006

Posted on 02/10/2006 7:41:45 AM PST by Sopater

International Sex Trafficking Is a Well-Known Problem, But It Happens Here as Well Feb. 9, 2006 — - Fifteen-year-old "Debbie" is the middle child in a close-knit Air Force family from suburban Phoenix, and a straight-A student -- the last person most of us would expect to be forced into the seamy world of sex trafficking.

But Debbie, which is not her real name, is one of thousands of young American girls who authorities say have been abducted or lured from their normal lives and made into sex slaves. While many Americans have heard of human trafficking in other parts of the world -- Thailand, Cambodia, Latin America and eastern Europe, for example -- few people know it happens here in the United States.

The FBI estimates that well over 100,000 children and young women are trafficked in America today. They range in age from 9 to 19, with the average age being 11.

And many victims are no longer just runaways, or kids who've been abandoned. Many of them are from what would be considered "good" families, who are lured or coerced by clever predators, say experts. "These predators are particularly adept at reading children, at reading kids, and knowing what their vulnerabilities are," said FBI Deputy Assistant Director, Chip Burrus, who started the Lost Innocence project, which specializes in child- and teen-sex trafficking.

And, he said, these predators are going where the kids are.

"What you can see, time and time again, is that the predators will adapt their means to whatever the young people are doing -- whether it's malls, whether it's ski slopes, whether it's beaches," Burrus said. "Predators ... are going to do everything in their power to try to convince young girls, young boys, to come with them and enter this particular lifestyle."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: girls; moralabsolutes; sexslavery; sextrafficking; teens
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The FBI estimates that well over 100,000 children and young women are trafficked in America today. They range in age from 9 to 19, with the average age being 11.

It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble. - Luke 17:2
1 posted on 02/10/2006 7:41:48 AM PST by Sopater
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To: Sopater
the predators will adapt their means to whatever the young people are doing -- whether it's malls

I'm appalled at the number of kids whose parents will dump them off unattended at malls.

2 posted on 02/10/2006 7:45:10 AM PST by peyton randolph (As long is it does me no harm, I don't care if one worships Elmer Fudd.)
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To: Sopater

ABC reports?

It is suspect from the get go. - It reads like other fake news with fake statistics about fake people from so called "reporters."


3 posted on 02/10/2006 7:45:41 AM PST by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: Sopater

Bush's fault! He is somehow 'connected' to the sex trade in America. Impeach him now!


4 posted on 02/10/2006 7:48:00 AM PST by GianniV
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To: bill1952

So you don't think this happens?


5 posted on 02/10/2006 7:49:54 AM PST by Ace of Spades (Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: GianniV

No, its all Clinton's fault.


6 posted on 02/10/2006 7:51:00 AM PST by babble-on
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To: bill1952

Sweeps Week already?


7 posted on 02/10/2006 7:53:20 AM PST by IRememberElian
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To: peyton randolph

My mom used to drop us off at the movies and no one thought anything about it. I guess it depends on the age of the kids.


8 posted on 02/10/2006 7:53:31 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: bill1952

Here is an additional link to the story with video...

http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=1596778&page=1


9 posted on 02/10/2006 7:53:48 AM PST by Sopater (Creatio Ex Nihilo)
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To: peyton randolph

I couldn't agree more. I never did that and of course, my dau cried foul. Even today when she is in college, though living at home, I have her call to let us know she gets places. She accuses me of tracking her, but I don't. I've told her I want her to build habits that will then carry over with her husband someday (I hope) and with her own children who will be growing up in yet a more dangerous world.

Frontline carried a program earlier in the week on trafficking young women in Eastern Europe. It was horrifying.


10 posted on 02/10/2006 7:56:17 AM PST by twigs
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To: Sopater

Does anyone else think it's wierd that both of the examples are from the same town (Phoenix)?


11 posted on 02/10/2006 7:56:35 AM PST by murdoog
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To: mlc9852

I dont' know how old you are, but I think it's a different world today. My parents were strict, but they let me do things I wouldn't want my dau or someday grandchildren do. Just because it's a much more dangerous world.


12 posted on 02/10/2006 7:57:46 AM PST by twigs
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To: Sopater
It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble. - Luke 17:2

I second that emotion. In fact, I'd like to hang the millstone personally.

13 posted on 02/10/2006 7:58:49 AM PST by sauropod ("Here Lies Joe Biden, Buried Under His Own Words.")
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To: Ace of Spades
Of course it happens, just like the 12 year old girl who died from heroin.
Only that story was fabricated.

False but accurate is not journalism, and I see nothing to substantiate 100,000 11 year old whores working the streets.
14 posted on 02/10/2006 7:59:16 AM PST by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: twigs

It is a much more dangerous world and that is sad. Kids don't have much time to just be kids anymore.


15 posted on 02/10/2006 8:02:44 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: Ace of Spades
So you don't think this happens?

15-year-old kids kidnapped at gunpoint from their front yard? Their families don't realize they're missing? The child is raped? Sold? Coerced into prostitution? Kept in a dog crate?

Yeah, that happens. It happens to about 1 out of every 300 million kids in America.

Let's do a show on it and pretend the problem is widespread.

16 posted on 02/10/2006 8:02:59 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (E)
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To: sauropod
I second that emotion. In fact, I'd like to hang the millstone personally.

Thankfully , we won't have to ... But our job now should be to bring the individuals to justice that this world affords us.

17 posted on 02/10/2006 8:03:28 AM PST by TexGuy
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To: IRememberElian
Sweeps Week already?

Nah, just ABC trying to stop a lot of people from watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics tonight on NBC.

18 posted on 02/10/2006 8:03:58 AM PST by hillary's_fat_a**
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To: bill1952

Can't account for the domestic figures but I know that it does exist in this country. I had an employee who discussed a visit and a Chinese girl was asking him to take her away.

Basically she was probably an illegal alien and was trying to escape the sex trade by "belonging" to one man.

I did tell the guy what was probably really going on but he didn't seem too interested. Even repeating it for affect produced no reaction.

And that's why the President deserves respect yet again. He's at least brought this into the human rights framework internationally.

Another reason why I respect him.


19 posted on 02/10/2006 8:06:07 AM PST by romanesq
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To: bill1952
The FBI estimates that well over 100,000 children and young women are trafficked in America today. They range in age from 9 to 19, with the average age being 11.

That doesn't even pass the laugh test.

Do you think somebody at the FBI really said this? If so, they should be fired.

20 posted on 02/10/2006 8:08:24 AM PST by IRememberElian
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To: Sopater

sounds like another anorexia hoax to me. I don't doubt that it happens, just nowhere near the volume being quoted here. 100K? That's 2 thousand kids per state. at that rate kids'll be vanishing before our very eyes.

there'd be none left in a few short years!


21 posted on 02/10/2006 8:10:26 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

That was my problem with the story. It probably has happened by not anywhere near as much as was stated on the ABC-hype show. Several years ago ABC did a similar thing about thousands of people deserted their families and came out of the closet every day. Uh, NO.

As far as it being an FBI statistic that's just to justify more federal money.

damn i'm cynical.


22 posted on 02/10/2006 8:10:30 AM PST by Jaded (The truth shall set you free, but lying to yourself turns you French.)
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To: twigs
Frontline carried a program earlier in the week on trafficking young women in Eastern Europe. It was horrifying.

Saw the same program. Horrifying is the right word, along with heartbreaking. The husband looking for his kidnapped wife in Turkey? Damn.

As a father of two small girls and a husband, these types of reports fill me with fear.

May God protect us from these demons.

23 posted on 02/10/2006 8:10:57 AM PST by Angus MacGregor (Wars are fought in the will...)
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To: IRememberElian

Well, they didn't say they were all necessarily American. There are a lot of trafficked Chinese, Mexicans and Eastern Europeans in this country. I'm sure they make for most of the 100,000.


24 posted on 02/10/2006 8:11:25 AM PST by Ace of Spades (Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Sopater

Tagged for my daughter - later reading


25 posted on 02/10/2006 8:12:04 AM PST by GrandEagle
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To: Sopater
If this is true, the predators should be locked up till they die.

But I have a sneaking suspicion that the article is almost entirely fabricated. There's no way such an activity could be so widespread without many people noticing. Also, if it were so widespread, someone -- predator or victim -- would have been found out and the story would have been all over the national press.

I recall a huge "scandal" a few years ago when a large number of day-care providers were alleged to be abusing their charges. People were being arrested left and right with wall-to-wall press. The only problem was, it just wasn't true in the end.
26 posted on 02/10/2006 8:13:03 AM PST by Sarastro
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To: bill1952
Your skepticism is well warranted, however, this is a big problem here. I've seen and heard about it from several different sources over the last few years. One of the reports had Seattle as one of the most likely places for children to be abducted and taken overseas.
27 posted on 02/10/2006 8:14:12 AM PST by GrandEagle
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To: Ace of Spades

Aren't they muddling up the language here? I thought to be trafficked a woman had to be kidnapped, one way or the other and sold into slaver from which she couldn't get out. Otherwise, it's prostitution. This may sound like I'm picking nits, but it seems like a fundamental changing of terms and something troubles me about it. I'm not quite sure what. One is one, the other is the other. They are both very bad.


28 posted on 02/10/2006 8:17:53 AM PST by Flavius Josephus (Enemy Idealogies: Pacifism, Liberalism, and Feminism, Islamic Supremacism)
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To: Sopater

What you can see, time and time again, is that the predators will adapt their means to whatever the young people are doing -- whether it's malls, whether it's ski slopes, whether it's beaches,"




Or through Gay/Straight Alliance clubs in public schools.


29 posted on 02/10/2006 8:20:29 AM PST by trubluolyguy (Where did they get those ref's, the WWE?)
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To: romanesq

Yep. This is one of those things that W has been working to squash since he got into office. W being W, he doesn't carry on and try to bring accolades to himself, so it never gets into the news.


30 posted on 02/10/2006 8:22:22 AM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: Angus MacGregor

Two major things struck me about the program (I had lots of emotions and reactions all told):

1) The hard look of the women who were kidnapped and trafficked. Katia looked like a sweet, carefree girl on the picture her husband carried around in his phone. She looked anything but when she returned. Just hard. And horribly unhappy. But the hardness really got to me. Same thing with the woman with all the siblings--Tania? She obviously had a very tender heart, but her face looked so hard.

2) I was very impressed with the determination of the husband to retrieve his wife, knowing that she was pregnant and being repeatedly raped. What a stress for a marriage. She looked so unhappy on her return. I hope that their marriage survives.


31 posted on 02/10/2006 8:22:25 AM PST by twigs
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To: hillary's_fat_a**

Nah, just ABC trying to stop a lot of people from watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics tonight on NBC.



Oh come now. You know that just as usual no one is going to watch the Olympics. If I want that kind of excitement I'll watch golf. Or Bowling. Or Paint drying.


32 posted on 02/10/2006 8:24:23 AM PST by trubluolyguy (Where did they get those ref's, the WWE?)
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To: camle
I don't know about anyone else, but, if that ever happened to my Dau, or son, the end of the sex trade in that particular area would become extinct, and those involved, would meet instant justice in the same back alley they like to play in.

By the way, my children are both experts in the use of firearms, including handguns, and long-guns, and are skilled in the arts of self defense. At least they will have a fighting chance to defend themselves, and they DO NOT attend a "public school" and are home schooled! They learn at home that any pervert who attempts to lure them away with promises of sex and drugs will be met with swift action from the them and their parents. They do not have to wonder or dream about that kind of a life because their friends are doing it.
33 posted on 02/10/2006 8:24:31 AM PST by standing united (82nd ABN 1/508th BN Bco 1st Sqd. Alpha Fireteam Leader: "fury from the sky" 8-Duce on the Loose!!)
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To: twigs

Agreed, the world is geometrically more dangerous. I for one know plenty of parents, who even post family photos or kids pix to personal family websites...becuase predators can go shopping online for targets.

Makes your blood curdle.

Brett W.


34 posted on 02/10/2006 8:26:19 AM PST by RadioCirca1970
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To: bill1952
This story doesn't pass the smell test. 100,000 girls in the United States???

Did Janet Cooke have a hand in writing this story?

35 posted on 02/10/2006 8:26:20 AM PST by D-Chivas
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To: RadioCirca1970

Brett W, meant to type,

"Brett Walters was a friend of mine, till they grabbed him." From the forthcoming hit movie, the Brett Walters movie, to be released spring 2019


36 posted on 02/10/2006 8:27:29 AM PST by RadioCirca1970
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To: bill1952

"It is suspect from the get go. "

I also have serious doubts.
In third world countries, yes.
In the US?? Show me some proof.


37 posted on 02/10/2006 8:27:55 AM PST by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia)
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To: standing united

There was a movie done about this about 25 years ago. Very well done, although it was hard to watch. I think it's called Hard Core. Starred George C. Scott as the father who lost his daughter to prostitution and what he did to get her out. (Yes, prostitution, not kidnapping, but many issues the same).


38 posted on 02/10/2006 8:28:34 AM PST by twigs
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To: Blue Jays
Hi All-

This number of "100,000 young prostitutes and slaves" seems a bit unrealistic. Wouldn't we see many more children under duress in our cities and suburbs as we went around our daily business? Cities such as New York have been scrubbed so well of criminality that one rarely even sees adult prostitutes walking around. I don't think this many victims of horrible crime could be swept under the rug as easily as ABC portrays.

~ Blue Jays ~

39 posted on 02/10/2006 8:30:33 AM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: bill1952

The article did not say that 100,000 11 year olds are working the streets. It said of the estimated 100,000 9-19 year olds who are involved in sex trafficking the average age is 11. Sex trafficking is not limited to street prostitution. It includes involvement in pornography, escort services, phone sex lines and other activities.
I am pretty certain that that the internet is a great stalking ground for the sickos who prey on these victims.


40 posted on 02/10/2006 8:31:19 AM PST by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: D-Chivas

100,000?

Probably. I have no trouble believing it, but I assume that that number includes the many women and young girls who come here from other countries or brought in for jobs that are non-existent. I don't think that anywhere near that many native-born American women are kidnapped, but I don't doubt that that happens too.


41 posted on 02/10/2006 8:31:28 AM PST by twigs
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To: Sopater

Two things, multicultural immigration has brought in all the worlds moral standards, I'm sure many of us have stories about what we suspect is criminal behavior by some of the businesses we deal with now, for example I never saw one gas station that dealt with cash only, until the middle eastern- americans took over so much of the self serves. Crime like this is more difficult to deal with than, say pre 1970. The second problem is, because of Feminism we quit teaching our girls to protect themselves. Look at pre-sixties America and you will see that females were much better protected by, cultural rules and personal restrictions.


42 posted on 02/10/2006 8:34:06 AM PST by ansel12
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To: Sopater

Every one who hurt these girls should be executed. Period.


43 posted on 02/10/2006 8:35:40 AM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: Sopater

equating women who voluntarily enter the fields of porno and/or prostitution with those who are involtarily forced into them is disingenuous.

I question the agenda of whomever does this, especially when groups have to skew the definition of sexual harassment (verbal rumors, etc.) in order to show a problem there.


44 posted on 02/10/2006 8:39:53 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you.)
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To: Zack Nguyen

I think that I need to install GPS units under all of my daughters' skin. My teenager hates that I know who all her friends are and who she is IM'ing at any give time. I'm just watching her back and deep down she knows it and appreciates it.


45 posted on 02/10/2006 8:40:34 AM PST by Cyclone59 (If a cat chokes on a mouse, who killed who?)
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To: Zack Nguyen

Exactly,
One thing to have sex with a will participant....
with or without money exchangin hands....

But the Johns who have sex with these girls women are just as guilty (if not more so)....if they know, they are damned.


46 posted on 02/10/2006 8:42:30 AM PST by najida (Going through my second childhood for the third time.)
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To: Cyclone59

Good for you. Yes, I'm sure she does appreciate it, or will when she gets older.


47 posted on 02/10/2006 8:43:59 AM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: bill1952
Then maybe you should look into it. The sex-traffic trade is HUGE around the world and in our own country.

I recommend "Race Against Evil" by David Race Bannon.

48 posted on 02/10/2006 8:44:48 AM PST by Solson (magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri.)
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To: camle
I would venture to guess that the large majority of women who voluntarily enter into this field were victimized as children in some manner or another. Also, this article is about children, not about adults. NO CHILD can voluntarily enter the fields of porno or prostitution. Please don't confuse the topic.
49 posted on 02/10/2006 8:47:16 AM PST by Sopater (Creatio Ex Nihilo)
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To: TexGuy

Truth will out.


50 posted on 02/10/2006 8:49:37 AM PST by sauropod ("Here Lies Joe Biden, Buried Under His Own Words.")
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