Vanity Fair has an in-depth but disturbling look at sex trafficking in America and across the globe. I was floored when I read this:
“There are more young American girls entering the commercial sex industry—an estimated 300,000 at this moment—and their ages have been dropping drastically. “The average starting age for prostitution is now 13,” says Rachel Lloyd, executive director of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (gems), a Harlem-based organization that rescues young women from “the life.” Says Judge Cofield, who formerly presided over Hartford’s Prostitution Protocol, a court-ordered rehabilitation program, “I call them the Little Barbies.””
The torture, abuse, and humiliation these girls endure at the hands of their pimps is saddening. I almost couldn’t read the whole thing.