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A Seventh Grade Girl Is Trafficked for Sex in the United States

We are starting to hear more and more about the number of girls being trafficked in the US – as young as seventh grade. How can this be going on you ask? Because traffickers are proactively seeking vulnerable girls with family problems and low self-esteem. They befriend them, buy them fancy things, then the trap is sprung. 

This story was just released by ABC News about a little seventh grade girl was sold for sex in Portland, Oregon. Listen to the account and to her words: 
“The first time “Katie” danced at a strip club, she was 13, and in the seventh grade. Not long before, the Oregon girl had gone on an ordinary outing to a mall in downtown Portland. She met some boys there and they invited her to a party in the suburbs. At the party, Katie met an older boy she would begin to date.”

“He bought me a lot of things, like shoes, outfits and purses and stuff like that,” said Katie, of J, who she began to think of as her boyfriend.


For those of us with young girls, this needs to be a wake up call. According to detectives this is happening everyday in our country. 
“They look for them in the malls, the parks, on MySpace, Facebook,” Geiger said. “(A)nd they look for them in the schools and walking downtown. They strike up a friendship with them.”

There is a definite system involved. They lie to the girls, tell them they love them, and then ask them for a big favor – just one time. It’s a psychological game of brainwashing that’s occuring and these young girls are too young to win: 
“Before long, J told her he was having financial trouble, and he asked her if she would she dance, “just once,” at a strip club, she said. Katie, who had only ever worn high heels to church and on special occasions, soon was forced into working as a stripper and a street prostitute six days a week, she said.”

Girls from broken homes are particularly vulnerable. With little parental involvement, there’s little way for an adult to know what’s going on. Read what happened to this single mother:

“I was a single mom working really late … making six figures,” she said. “My daughter was getting A’s and B’s. Playing basketball. … She had a good life, a good family, she didn’t need anything.”

But Roberts’ daughter, then 16, met a guy on Portland’s subway system. They “dated” and he convinced to her run away and live with him, Roberts said.


Soon, said Roberts, “She was walking the streets.”

What do we do about this evil affecting our city streets and our children? We pray, we get educated on the issue, and collectively, we stay awake and get involved. There are local Human Trafficking Task Forces in our cities. Look them up on Google or call your local police department to get involved. Last, if you know of girls who come from difficult family situations, get involved in their life. Open your home, befriend them, truly exercise “loving your neighbor as yourself.” You could be saving a life.


Read the full ABC report here.

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Sam Wilson

posted September 28, 2010 at 1:32 pm

“He sympathizes and He saves, He strengthens and He sustains, He guards and He guides, He forgives sinners, He DELIVERS THE CAPTIVE” That’s our King! God be praised for liberating that girl from that living hell, may He keep her safe in days to come AMEN

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posted September 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I just spent an hour meeting with a leader here in Portland that the Lord has moved to make a difference in this issue. I will be stepping up to help here, but Portland is only one place. This is an issue that is getting more news and attention, which is wonderful, but it is not enough. There are so many related issues, and they are heart breaking, evil, deceptive, and sickening. The one thing I am convinced of is we can’t solve this. We may make a dent, but the whole thing is bigger than we can solve. The issues will break us, burn us out, and harden our hearts. Never have I been more convinced that we have to fall on God’s grace, cry out for his mercy, and depend on his leadership. We can’t…but he can, and he is going to use us to do it, if only we are willing. His question to us continues to be, will you follow.

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Thom Hunter

posted September 28, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Those who recruit children for the sex trade do it the same way that pedophiles groom and capture girls and boys. So, the traffickers have just learned how to procure a product for the market they serve. These girls’ lives will never be what they were intended to be. You cannot go through something like that and return to who you were; any victim of childhood sexual abuse knows that. Until parents start paying greater attention to who is befriending their children . . . and until parents start meeting the emotional needs of their children, we will see this problem grow. It’s horrible.

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posted September 29, 2010 at 12:30 am

TH I think you are right that it’s on the parents. And people should not have children till they can be adequate parents.

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Carole Turner

posted September 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I just review the book Renting Lacy, it’s by the founder of Shared Hope International, Linda Smith. I think it’s a must read for anyone wanting a real education about the trafficking of our children here in the U.S. I have reached out to prostitutes of all ages for almost four years now and I found this book a vital tool in this fight to recognize, rescue and restore these kids.
Here’s the link to my review.

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posted September 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Good day!This was a really exceptional blog!
I come from milan, I was luck to discover your blog in yahoo
Also I get a lot in your topic really thank your very much i will come again

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Tiffany Stuart

posted September 30, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Thank you!

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posted October 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I worked for a few years in a drug rehab center for teen girls. The stories they told of being sold AND of how they recruited and forced other girls into selling their bodies was just tragic. Girls as young as 13 or 14 forcing other girls to be prostitutes. The problem is a lot larger than people want to see.

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