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Human trafficking is an Iowa problem too

January 8, 2013
Elizabeth Luttrell, Marshalltown , Times-Republican

Human Trafficking Awareness Day is Jan. 11. Human trafficking is a problem all over the world, including Iowa and even in towns like Marshalltown. In the USA alone, the sex industry generates 32 billion dollars a year and it is going rapidly. Selling sex is much more profitable than selling drugs because while drugs are consumed in one sitting, humans can be used over and over again. Many prostitutes around the United States are kidnapped youth between the ages of 12-14. Most of these youth are homeless and without friends or family members to search for them. In Iowa alone there were 3,800 homeless youth last year. Many of these wayward youth are looking for a caring adult and provision when they fall prey to false promises from traffickers. They realize, all too late, that they are being held prisoner as a sex slave.



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