I do not doubt this is going on, I'm sure it is, just as it has been since the dawn of time. Everyone has found what sells and brings in ratings, votes, etc. Sex and kids!
By SHARYN ALFONSI and URSULA FAHY
Police Say Portland, Ore., is a Hub for Child Sex Trafficking
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.
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.
Every year, at least 100,000 children are forced into prostitution in the United States, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. And Portland, routinely voted one of the most livable cities in the country, hides a dark secret: It is a national hub for child sex trafficking, police and victims' advocates say.
- Again with the magical goldilock number of 100,000. Everybody sure loves these "not too hot, not too cold" out of thin air "statistics!" Anything to scare folks, right?
Children, young teens from all over the country, but mostly from the small towns of the Northwest, walk Portland's streets.
Katie's inauguration into the life was like that of countless other girls.
That first day at the strip club, she remembers looking out from the stage.
"It was gross," she told ABC News. "They're like older than my dad and grandpap and I just wanted to go home. "
She was told, "You can't go home, you have to finish your shift," she recalled. "And I was like, 'I don't work here,' and they were like, 'You do now.'"
"I realized I pretty much walked into a trap," she said.
Katie's is a classic case, said Sgt. Mike Geiger, who heads Portland's sexual assault detail. Cute young girls are being targeted by pimps.
"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."
- So tell me, why do we never hear about pimps being busted for pimping out children and adults, on the evening news? I cannot recall ever hearing about one single news report about this.