Battling Sex Trafficking

Battling Sex Trafficking

Crime
Deeply buried in our society’s glittering bustle, one of the most sordid crimes against humanity continues every day almost unnoticed — the sale of young girls for sex. Pope Francis warned earlier in the year that, “modern forms of slavery are far more widespread than previously imagined, even — to our scandal and shame — within the most prosperous of our societies.” An estimated 40 million people around the world are enslaved today. Most are held against their will for cheap labor, but a substantial number are held against their will for sex. The National Human Trafficking Hotline counted six thousand formal sex trafficking cases in the U.S. in 2017. One-third of the victims were minors. Within that number, the most horrific plight of all may be the juvenile girls…
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