“It started when my uncle told me about a job at a local bar. I served drinks, which was already illegal because I was a minor, but that wasn’t the worst of it.”
There came a day when the bar owners threatened “Diana” with violence and extortion unless she sold herself to bar customers. She was forced to comply. “One weekend I was raped 50 times by men from my community that I knew,” she remembers. “But before that, I had no idea that they were buying young girls on the weekend. They looked like everyday people, they didn’t look like bad guys,” she added.
Child exploitation and human trafficking is a problem that plagues every U.S. state and every country in the world. If there is one topic that all humans can rally around, isn’t it that children should not be exploited? Cannot be abused? Cannot be sold?