Human trafficking forum to highlight local reality of global problem
Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 2:00 pm
It couldn’t happen here, you may tell yourself. Children in this community couldn’t fall victim to human sex trafficking. Not here.
But earlier this year, a 13-year-old girl from Savage was moments away from possibly being swept away into sexual slavery. The girl believed she had met a 14-year-old boy from another state on the Internet, and the boy promised her a better life if she went to live with him. The girl packed her things and left, but officers who responded to a missing person report located her at the Minneapolis Greyhound Bus terminal before she had a chance to leave.
Authorities believe that it wasn’t a 14-year-old boy the girl had met online, but rather a man or men who planned to condemn her to a life of forced prostitution. Whoever was behind the “boy’s” account instructed the girl on how to cover her path.
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