The following is a quote from a blog by Francine Rivers. To read the entire article, go to the link below. We must make this a priority for prayer!
Sex Trafficking Awareness by Francine Rivers
Rick and I attended the International Conference on Missions not long ago, and sat in on every session to do with sex trafficking. A friend in ministry told me the crime is increasing in Northern California, and we wanted to find out what we can do to stop it. Frankly, we were shocked to find out how rampant this crime has become and how cunning the predators are.
Warning: This blog is not for the faint-hearted, but forewarned is forearmed.
What is happening?
Girls between the ages of 12 – 14 are primary targets for sex traffickers. Predators (gangs and cartels) don’t come after them openly. They use a “bottom bitch”; a girl who is usually attractive and in her teens and connected to the predator. The BB will go into a mall and strike up a conversation with a girl, then begin an on-line friendship. Facebook is a primary tool. Girls love to chat and give out personal information. A predator is after a child’s secrets and many are shared on-line. So the predator has easy access to the pre-and-early teen girl’s inner thoughts, interests, schedule, friends, family problems, etc. Parents check now and then, but a predator is actively watching and doing “finesse grooming”. They seek out girls who are from broken homes or in a crisis situation (a recent move, death in the family, argument with parents or siblings, rebelling against house rules, etc.) waiting for an opportunity to take the child captive.