Study Shows Sex Trafficking Has Become More Profitable Than Selling Drugs

Study Shows Sex Trafficking Has Become More Profitable Than Selling Drugs

Child sex trafficking has become more profitable than selling drugs.
MEMPHIS, TN-- Child sex trafficking has become more profitable than selling drugs. That's according to the California Child Welfare Council. Human trafficking has been a huge problem in the Mid-South for years.

This year Tennessee law makers passed stiffer penalties against those who force children into prostitution. Various law enforcement agencies across the state created a human trafficking task force. The Shelby County District Attorney's Office also dedicates an entire team of prosecutors to keep your kids safe.

Child sex trafficking is a dark, real world for many. Public service announcements show how much money criminals make off of selling kids for sex. One from a non-profit group called "Disturbed to Deliver" says some girls are required to bring their "pimp" $1,000 a night. At $100 a person, that's 10 guys she has to sleep with a night. 3,650 men a year.

"It's more alarming to see it in person than see it in print," said Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich.

The California study reported a pimp can receive more than $160,000 from each child he or she forces into prostitution. Weirich says child sex trafficking cases are more common in low-income areas.

"What they're seeing is dads and step dads selling their kids for sex to make extra money," she said. "Since January there have been over a thousand years of sentences against sex offenders and abusers in Shelby County."

Kelly Alsobrook, a former victim of the sex trafficking world, knows all too well how much money criminals make off of selling kids for sex than drugs.

"You can purchase a person over, and over, and over again but you can't do that with the drugs. You're going to use it once and that's it," said Alsobrook. "More people get out of it dead then alive."

Alsobrook is the founder of her non profit group called "Ashes to Beauty." It helps sex trafficking victims rebuild their self esteem and find a new life. You can contact them at 901-308-771 or at kelley@ashes2beautyministry.org
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