Editor's note: This story is based on federal court evidence, interviews with victims, and interview transcripts. Fate seems to have conspired to set her up: Her mother was a drug addict; her father physically and sexually abusive. She wasn't alone. A study by the Center for Court Innovation found that between 8, and 10, children, ages 13 to 17, are commercially exploited each year in this country.
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The barrios of Medellin are controlled by criminals and are full of prostitutes, with virgins commanding the highest prices. Unfortunately the years of evil and greed have marked this city for life, and the beauty hides a violent and disturbing criminal underworld. When Pablo Escobar was killed in the Medellin cartel was left without a boss — and most of the assassins, traffickers and foot soldiers were left without a job. But soon, criminal gangs started to appear to fill the gap.
Human sex trafficking is as close as next door
By Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje. Behind the wheel was Issac Lynn Williams. For months, he and the teenage girl had been trading messages over Facebook, their tone increasingly flirtatious. When she confessed to him one day that she had run away from home, he told her to meet him at the park. Inside the Cadillac, Williams spoke to her in a way she'd never been spoken to before.
If you think sex trafficking only happens in faraway places like Nepal or Thailand , then you should listen to an expert on American sex trafficking I interviewed the other day. But, first, wish her happy birthday. She turns 16 years old on Thursday. She asked me to call her Brianna in this column because she worries that it could impede her plans to become a lawyer if I use her real name.