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As of this morning, there were 14 open cases of missing juveniles in Washington D.C. Police there say the number is not unusual, but the interest in them is. A social media campaign has evolved demanding that law enforcement and the mainstream media do more to disseminate information about these kids and facilitate their recovery amid growing speculation that they are victims of a sex-trafficking epidemic.

While there is no direct evidence yet to support that suspicion regarding the Washington kids, it shouldn’t be ruled out. A Maryland mother told a Washington D.C. TV station this month that her teen daughter, who has autism, was picked up from a Baltimore high school by a man she met online, then driven to Washington, where she was trafficked for six days by various men in different locations before she was recovered.

 Sex trafficking is a pernicious crime that all parents should better understand.
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Unlike made for Hollywood movies on sex trafficking, victims are infrequently kidnapped. More often, traffickers will portray themselves as prospective lovers or faux family in order to lure their victims away from their social support system. Once isolated, the trafficker will typically keep the victim under control through a cyclical process of ingratiation, and mental and physical abuse, putting them to work on the streets or in hotel room meetings hastily arranged through sex sites on the Internet.

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http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-sex-trafficking-20170328-story.html

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