While you are awaiting my new novel Seaside Daisies, here are a few facts I have found while doing research on human trafficking:
In 2017, sex trafficking was the 2nd largest underground industry in San Diego (drugs were first). 85% of trafficking is controlled by gangs. Most pimps and traffickers have psychology degrees and know how to make the victim’s vulnerabilities bigger. 98% of the victims are female. Statistically, within 7 years the victims are dead from either suicide, a drug overdose or beaten. See this link for more: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sd-utbg-human-trafficking-san-diego-20171110-story.html Watch out for any signs, suspicious behavior, and be aware wherever you go.
80% of those known to be involved in sex trafficking are American citizens. This may be shocking to you. The average age of girls involved in trafficking is 16! Recruiting often begins when girls are between 12-14. Unbelievable, isn’t it? Often trafficking is done via the internet. See this link for more: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/sd-me-sex-trafficking-20171013-story.html
How can you protect yourself and your friends from being caught?