Victims of sex trafficking in the United States are growing in number. It’s no longer just traffickers bringing women and girls from other countries – it involves recruitment of young women in your local schoolyard, mall, etc.

According to a USA Today article, “no national statistics for the number of U.S. victims exist — the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says at least 100,000 children across the country are trafficked each year.”

Across the nation, the stories arrive with varying imprints of the callousness and depravity of the sex traffickers. One girl was sold during a sleepover, handed over by her classmate’s father. Another slept with clients during her school lunch breaks. A third was choked by her “boyfriend,” then forced to have sex with 14 men in one night.”

We must be aware of what is happening in our neighborhoods and instead of looking the other way, get involved, pray and be vigilant.

READ THE ENTIRE USA TODAY STORY