As one group prepares to remember victims of crime next week, they’re asking parents to step up.
As you’ve heard on KMOX this week, countless children are being forced into an underground sex trade. Sold night after night. Are we ready to stop it?
About 5 years ago, Kimberly Ritter was asked by a group to find them a hotel that took a stand against trafficking. “When they said child sex trafficking, I had no idea what it was. I thought it was something that happened in a third world country.”
Federal officials estimate there are hundreds of thousands of victims of child sex trafficking in the United States. Many forced into it as teenagers.
In July the FBI and other agencies brought down 150 pimps in this country’s largest sex trafficking sting. Who are these victims? And how did they end up captives of the sex trade?
Experts suspect that across the St. Louis region, countless children are being held against their will — forced into the sex trade.