Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ohio: Human Trafficking an Issue

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Every night, girls as young as 11 years are trapped into selling their bodies for sex.

The U.S. government calls human trafficking a modern form of slavery, with girls being taken off the streets and threatened with violence unless they comply, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.

Theresa Flores was 15 when she found herself trafficked for sex.

"(There were) definitely knives being pulled, being tied - being hit - it was very cruel and ruthless sex," Flores said.

Flores said she was raped while she was in high school near Detroit. She said the rapist's cousins were in another room taking pictures of the event and was told the photos would be given to her parents if she did not earn them back.

"That meant (to) be a sex slave for them," Flores said.

For two years, her life was spent being trafficked for sex in hotels around Detroit, Landers said.

She was terrified to tell police.

"My dog was killed the night after I was kidnapped to remind me of being quiet," Flores said.

Flores wrote a book about her experience and there is a movie script in development, Landers reported...


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