Local Reaction To Largest Sex Ring Bust In History
Jul 29, 2013 at 4:45 PM CST
Jul 29, 2013
The three day undercover operation cross country resulted in the largest bust in history. It took place in 76 cities in the U.S. "I know that sometimes we think that happens in other countries, in other places, and it would never happen in our own country." Iliana Arambula works with Casa De Misericordia and says this is unfortunately a very serious issue. Of the 150 arrests, 105 of them were children ages 13 to 17. In Texas, it's against the law for anyone under the age of 17 to solicit sex. She wants people to understand these teens are victims. "People need to realize that they're teens that are being forced into prostitution, so they're not criminals." Though most of the girls sucked into this sex ring are from broken homes, that's not always the case. "These traffickers are taking children from good families, from families where you wouldn't think it would happen." These teens can be found at major sporting events with their pimps since there are so many people available with money, looking for a good time. The traffickers target kids who may be having problems at home or at school and are seeking approval and affection from someone. "If they're getting weird text messages, or if they hear their daughter's talking about being offered some modeling job, those are strange things." The best advice to prevent this from happening to a loved one, is to be involved with your teens and talk to them and know what is going on in their life.