A Harrisonburg group is working to make sure young girls aren't captured and sold into sex slavery here.
A non profit called New Creation says Virginia girls as young as 13 years old are captured and sold into sex slavery. It's a similar problem to what is happening to hundreds of girls in Nigeria.
Now, a former sex shop is being used to make sure that doesn't happen here. Sabrina Dorman-Andrew is co-founder and director of New Creation. She says, as a mother, it's hard to watch what's happening to these young women.
"If that were my daughter, would I really want them to be a number or a statistic? Would I want somebody to do something to help them or rescue them? I see it a lot from a mother's standpoint actually," shared Dorman-Andrew.
She says the U.S. is the second highest destination in the world for trafficking victims.
That's why Senator Mark Obenshain says we need to craft new laws to stop the problem from happening in Virginia.
"Law enforcement needs help. They need additional tools and making sure that they're able to protect our kids. We have raised the awareness, but there's a lot of work to be done," shared the senator.
He says teens can get caught up in sex slavery here as easily as being caught on Cragslist, strip clubs, and truck stops.
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