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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Sex trafficking is a growing problem, right here at home. St. Louis-based Crisis Aid Safe Home serves as an emergency shelter and holistic rehabilitation service to American victims of sex trafficking.

They also provide food for malnourished families and refugees globally.

Crisis Aid’s founder Pat Bradley told KMOX that his funding comes from the general public, individuals and a few churches. Last year, 31 American sex trafficking victims were helped between the ages of 14 to 23. Most of them were from St. Louis.

“Most of the girls have come from the St. Louis area, but we’ve also gotten girls from Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, Dallas, Tx., Nashville, Tn., but most of them have been St. Louis girls,” Bradley says.

Bradley says traffickers find many of their victims through Facebook by posing as rap stars looking for girls to star in music videos and are invited to attend a big party. This is where the sex trafficking begins.

“The girls will come to the party, they will slip them a drug, they’ll rape them…and then they tell the girl we will show this on Facebook, we will show this to your parents,” Bradley says.

He adds that they usually will threaten the victim with bodily harm if they tell.

Crisis Aid has developed an extensive human trafficking educational curriculum for schools, churches and communities to implement in an attempt to stop the growing problem.

“In fact, a couple of the girls that we have rescued, made a comment and said, ‘You know, Pat, if people in St. Louis had any idea how widespread it is, just in St. Louis, people in St. Louis would freak out over it,’” says Bradley.

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