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3 Ways to End Child Sex Trafficking
Solutions are Within Our Grasp, Attorney Says


By: Pamela Samuels Young

 

Human trafficking is the world's fastest growing criminal enterprise and is an estimated $32 billion-a-year global industry. Up to 27 million people around the world are held in some form of slavery, but last year only 46,500 of them were identified, according to the 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report issued by the U.S. State Department.

“Identifying and rescuing child victims of sex trafficking is particularly difficult,” says practicing attorney Pamela Samuels Young, www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com, author of “Anybody’s Daughter,” a new legal thriller that sheds light on the growing problem of child sex trafficking in the United States.

Traffickers prey on the most vulnerable children in our society, such as runaways or children in foster care, Young explains. These girls—often as young as 9 or 10—already have tragic lives.  Nationally, 95 percent of teen girls arrested on prostitution charges were victims of sexual abuse earlier in their lives.

"They're easy prey for pimps because they’re desperately looking for someone to love and care for them," Young says. So when a would-be pimp befriends them, lavishing them with attention, clothes, food and shelter, it doesn’t take long for a girl to fall in "love" with her “benefactor,’’ and comply when he asks her to help him make money.

“The pimp alternates between making the girl believe she loves him, and physically and emotionally forcing her into prostitution,” Young says. "These girls are forced to turn 20 tricks a day, which brings in big money for the pimp. We're seeing gangs abandon the drug trade and turn to sex trafficking because it's far more lucrative and less likely to earn them any serious jail time.”

At least 100,000 children in the United States are victims of commercial sexual exploitation, according to a report of the findings of a 2012 National Colloquium on the issue.

What can we do to end child sex trafficking? Young offers these solutions.

 

 

 

*Article sent by: Ginny Grimsley, National Print Campaign Manager, News and Experts (www.newsandexperts.com).

 


About Pamela Samuels Young

Pamela Samuels Young is an award-winning novelist and Managing Counsel for Labor and Employment Law for a major corporation in Southern California. Described by one reviewer as “John Grisham with a sister’s twist,” her six legal thrillers include “Buying Time,” winner of the American Library Association’s Black Caucus' 2010 Fiction Award. “Anybody’s Daughter” is her newest novel. A former journalist, Young began her broadcasting career with WXYZ-TV in Detroit and later worked as a news writer and associate producer for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.  A popular motivational speaker, she is married and lives in the Los Angeles area.



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