Trafficking is not limited to other countries.

Trucks in Kansas and Missouri are carrying
more than corn and wheat. Human-trafficking victim support groups say
truckers that voyage north and south on Interstate 35 are hauling women
and children trapped in the sex trade. 

“Not only the Midwest but I think the country as a whole has
an unrecognized problem concerning the trafficking of U.S. citizens
into the commercial sex industry,” Lisa Thompson, liaison for the
abolition of sexual trafficking for Salvation Army, told Family News in Focus.

The State Department estimates that 100,000 children in the U.S. are at risk of becoming trafficking victims.

“They are in every city,” said Linda Smith, founder of
Shared Hope International and a former member of Congress. “They
are being sold at truck stops, strip joints, massage parlors and often
out of homes, marketed online or on the streets. But they are our
little girls.”

Daniel Weiss, senior analyst of media and sexuality for Focus on the
Family Action, said America needs to wake up to the pervasive problem.

“I think most people do not realize this is going on, they pay
no attention to it, therefore many of them are probably missing the
signs of people being trafficked right around them – right in
their neighborhoods.”

CitizenLink: Truckers Haul Sex Slaves on Midwest Highways

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