Q & A With John Walsh: Sex Trafficking in America
John Walsh has brought the 25th season of America's Most Wanted to Lifetime! You asked, and he answered. Below are tips and thoughts from the host himself. Don't miss tonight's special two-hour show at 9pm/8c
1. Is it true that human trafficking is growing here in the US? We’ve been hearing about it in other countries, but are surprised it’s actually an issue in our own country.
John Walsh: Unfortunately yes, sex trafficking is a growing problem in the U.S. over 100,000 children are at risk each year. The Department of Justice estimates that more than 250,000 American youth are at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation. The average age of entry for female prostitutes in the United States is between 12 and 14 years, and children and youth older than 12 are prime targets for sexual exploitation by organized crime units, according to a 2001 report. In addition to domestic girls who are exploited, about 14,500 to 17,500 girls from other countries are smuggled into the United States for this purpose, according to the State Department.
2. What should you do if you suspect a young girl has been a victim of human trafficking?
John Walsh: If someone suspects that a young girl or adult female, for that matter is a victim they should call the Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. If it’s an urgent situation I would urge them to call 911 or their local authorities.
American’s need to be vigilant … so when you see something say something.