Child Prostitution: It really IS happening near you!
it’s astounding to me that you went to high school literally ten minutes from my house. Your story seemed almost distant until now. I’m not sure how I can help show my support of you and your recovery but you are strong and admirable, and that you are able to turn around and help others and spread the word about human trafficking is amazing. much luck to you in the future!
Thank you for your permission to publish your very kind words.
I understand that feeling of the story seeming distant - many people don’t even realize that child sex trafficking happens in the U.S. at all, much less as commonly as it does. I’ve received a number of submissions from people shocked to find out that I was trafficked near them.
When you don’t know someone with a particular problem, the numbers don’t seem so staggering. But when you find out that you are close to them in some way (perhaps you’re both redheads, lived in the same place, or love the same books) the reality suddenly dawns on you - it’s happening all around us.
For my readers: If you live/lived in or near the suburbs of
Sacramento (Citrus Heights), CA, or
San Diego, CA,
then I can confirm that child sex trafficking has happened in your neighborhood. There are also several towns whose names I can’t remember.
I would say that there probably isn’t a single town with a population over 3,000 that doesn’t contain child prostitutes. And that doesn’t exclude the small ones, either.
Please be on the lookout, everyone, and if you see something, say something. If not to the authorities, then to the local school, someone you know in the child’s family… something. Never underestimate the power of one voice to change a child’s life.
(Reblog in honor of the child prostitutes in your neighborhood)
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