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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Child sex trafficking becomes bigger problem in Alachua County Florida

Human trafficking is being called modern slavery by some- 

They are looking for kids who are lonely. 

They are looking for kids that don’t feel as special as they probably should." 

Child sex traffickers are on the loose. “That trafficker will work really hard to make sure that child feels special and important.

 So they can lure the child into the sex trafficking trade and take advantage of them and make money from sexual acts with those children,” said the CEO of the Child’s Advocacy Center Sherry Kitchen. The traffickers may be closer than you’d think. 

 “We have noticed an increase in child trafficking victims younger so under the age of 14. 

Typically victims that we were seeing were ages of 14 and 17 and that’s still the highest concentration of children that are recovered,” said Kitchens. 

 The Child Advocacy Center in Alachua County has identified over 20 child victims of sex trafficking since January. 

 Human trafficking crimes of all kind are taken very seriously in Alachua County. 

 Officials say they are working diligently to crack down on individuals that could be involved.

 “A lot of times it’s done via social media, we have Backpage, a lot of times it’s done on Facebook. Just stuff that we are not really aware of as parents,” said Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Detective Eric Hutchinson. 

 Advances in social media are helping traffickers contact their victims. 

 "So I would encourage adults who care for children to look at those sites and learn how they work,” said Kitchens. 

 Advocates also say they urge parents to talk to their kids about staying safe online.