Skip to comments.Teen Girls Tell Their Stories of Sex Trafficking and Exploitation in U.S.
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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I'm appalled at the number of kids whose parents will dump them off unattended at malls.
It is suspect from the get go. - It reads like other fake news with fake statistics about fake people from so called "reporters."
Bush's fault! He is somehow 'connected' to the sex trade in America. Impeach him now!
So you don't think this happens?
No, its all Clinton's fault.
Sweeps Week already?
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.
Here is an additional link to the story with video...
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.
Does anyone else think it's wierd that both of the examples are from the same town (Phoenix)?
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.
I second that emotion. In fact, I'd like to hang the millstone personally.
It is a much more dangerous world and that is sad. Kids don't have much time to just be kids anymore.
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.
Thankfully , we won't have to ... But our job now should be to bring the individuals to justice that this world affords us.
Nah, just ABC trying to stop a lot of people from watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics tonight on NBC.
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.
That doesn't even pass the laugh test.
Do you think somebody at the FBI really said this? If so, they should be fired.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Tagged for my daughter - later reading
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.
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,"
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.
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.
Nah, just ABC trying to stop a lot of people from watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics tonight on NBC.
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.
Did Janet Cooke have a hand in writing this story?
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
"It is suspect from the get go. "
I also have serious doubts.
In third world countries, yes.
In the US?? Show me some proof.
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).
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 ~
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.
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.
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.
Every one who hurt these girls should be executed. Period.
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.
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.
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.
Good for you. Yes, I'm sure she does appreciate it, or will when she gets older.
I recommend "Race Against Evil" by David Race Bannon.
Truth will out.
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