One million children are forced into sex slavery each and every year.
It is happening in every major city in the United States daily.
It is, of course, sex trafficking, and it a growth industry that shows no signs of decline.
It goes something like this:
Your teenage daughter goes to the Mall to meet some friends. There she meets a young man and they start up a conversation. He gains her trust and they meet several more times. Eventually she agrees to accompany him to his home, but once there things go terribly wrong. She is drugged and she is immediately transported to another city, where she is continually drugged and forced to commit sexual acts for pay. It continues until she is finally used up and then she is discarded like so much garbage.
A year ago I did an article about the problem of sex trafficking in Portland, Oregon, a city that is currently number two in the nation for sex trafficking volume. The city of Portland at that time had one full-time police detective working on those crimes.
St. Louis, by the way, is number one in the nation, followed closely by Chicago and Cleveland.
Friends, this will only stop if an outcry of mammoth proportions is heard in every City Hall in this country. This is a local problem; it will not be solved by politicians in Washington D.C. It is up to each of us to do our part.
You can begin by sharing this blog. I don’t ask you to do that to further my career as a writer. You know better than that. I ask you to do it because this sickness must end, and it is up to each of us to step up and end this sickness.
Will you join me?