Arkansas ranking at the bottom in preventing sex trafficking
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
It's a crime on our streets that rivals that of selling drugs, except this one involves the buying and selling of people; and Arkansas remains near last in preventing it.
At least that's what an anti-human trafficking group said, giving the state an 'F' on its report card.
Shocking revelations in this report tells that at least 100,000 children are exploited in commercial sex. These children enter this ring at an average age of 13. Regardless of age, the big business continues on and out of sight.
With each passing hour on your local streets, lies another person victim to human trafficking.
"It's not uncommon, it happens daily," said Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay.
Holladay said manipulation and threats between the women and their superior ,makes it a hard case to file charges.
"When you end up on the street you become vulnerable, and are preyed upon by individuals who will take advantage of that opportunity," he added.
"The surrounding states have tightened their laws. Arkansas is in the process of doing that, but it hasn't happened yet, so that makes Arkansas a nice place to hide," added Louise Allison with Partners Against Trafficking Humans.
Allison knows how common the crime is becoming, especially since she herself used to be a victim of this hush-hush dealing.
"To talk about the buying and selling of a human being is a little bit tougher, and I don't think it's something for us to talk about or look at," she said.
Allison believes as long as there is money to be made, people will continue to take part in this horrible crime.
"It's a lucrative business. Off of one girl the average is about $365,000 a year, it's the second largest organized crime in the world, second only to drugs," she continued.
Wednesday a new bill called "Child Protection Act of 2012," passed through the United States Senate, now it awaits the president's signature to help protect kids being solicited for sex.