American RadioWorks – Bought and Sold: The New Fight against Teen Sex Trafficking

Decriminalizing prostitution for minors began in New York and the “safe harbor” concept has spread to other states. Minnesota has invested more than any other state
to create a network of shelters and support for trafficking victims. This story features riveting police interview tape with victims, and stories from young people about how they got into the life and why it is so difficult to pull them out. In Boston, survivor-advocates have developed a nationally recognized program for girls who are at high risk of being trafficked. We’ll listen as girls in a group home learn to recognize the signs that a pimp might be grooming them to sell their bodies. We’ll embed in a “john sting” and listen as men respond to an online ad, only to find their texts and calls to an undercover officer have all been recorded. We’ll also spend time with a detective in Austin, Texas, who’s using a new high-tech tool to gather evidence of traffickers’ movements and patterns online. Male sex-buyers in Seattle who’ve gone through an intensive program to change their behavior describe what drove them to purchase sex and what got them to stop.

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