Thursday, August 21 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:53:17 GMT
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Child sex trafficking is a growing problem in Arizona – with at-risk youth being easy targets for pimps.
Experts who spoke at an educational event at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church on Monday night said a record number of children in foster care, combined with a flourishing drug market, has created a perfect storm in Arizona.
"It really needs to be a communitywide effort because it's happening everywhere and everybody has a role in it," said Savannah Sanders, a program assistant with the group Training and Resources United to Stop Trafficking or TRUST.
For Sanders, the issue is personal.
She said she was trafficked in Phoenix when she was 16 years old.
Sanders said she fell in with a pimp who took all her money and held her hostage for nine months.
TRUST and the Arizona Attorney General's Office are pushing for tougher laws and more victims' services.
They want to get it done before the National Football League's Super Bowl comes to town in 2015 – when pimps will shore up young prostitutes for incoming johns.
"When people buy a prostitute, they will pay more for an underage girl," said Kathleen Winn, community outreach director for the Arizona Attorney General's Office. "So we know, based on demand - the demand for underage girls is increasing and that we're seeing more and more girls be trafficked."
Winn said there are strict laws on the books when it comes to trafficking children age 14 years and younger.
But there's a clause in the law pertaining to older teens.
"If you don't know that the girl was 15, 16, 17 - your penalties are not as severe," Winn said. "And, we'd like to change it - so if you buy a girl who's underage, you are raping a child and that the penalties are strict for that."
The proposed laws will be rolled out in January.
Advocates urge people to contact your state lawmakers and urge them to pass tougher measures against child sex trafficking.
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Friday, August 22 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-08-22 06:00:08 GMT
This is a news release from Jones County Junior College Monday (August 18) marked the beginning of the fall semester at Jones County Junior College. Students scurried across campus trying to find classesMore >>
Monday (August 18) marked the beginning of the fall semester at Jones County Junior College. Students scurried across campus trying to find classes and meet their new teachers. More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-08-22 05:00:11 GMT
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), right, is shown an adaptive beach wheelchair for persons with disabilities by Dr. Rebekah Young. (Photo by Charmaine Schmemund)
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is shown an adaptive beach wheelchair for persons with disabilities by Dr. Rebekah Young, grant coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi's Institute forMore >>
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran is shown an adaptive beach wheelchair for persons with disabilities by Dr. Rebekah Young, grant coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi's Institute for Disability Studies.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-08-22 04:03:30 GMT
University of Southern Mississippi alum Daniel Murin is assisting in laboratory experiments at Scripps Research Institute in San Diego that have led to significant breakthroughs in the fight against Ebola. (Photo by Ana Wang)
This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi Daniel Murin is using the research skills he honed in the biochemistry laboratories at The University of Southern Mississippi in theMore >>
Daniel Murin is using the research skills he honed in the biochemistry laboratories at The University of Southern Mississippi in the fight against one of the world's most feared diseases.
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:51:20 GMT
Southern Miss athletics news release HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The first afternoon practice for the Southern Miss football team here Thursday could almost have been considered a two-a-day session. TheMore >>
The first afternoon practice for the Southern Miss football team here Thursday could almost have been considered a two-a-day session.More >>