The case of a 21-year-old woman who contacted the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative is typical of many of the low profile human sex trafficking cases seen in Hampton Roads.
The girl was just 17 when she was kicked out of her home in Northern Virginia following an argument with her mother.
“She was just out on her own and was approached and told she could make money,” said Mickey Worthing, a trauma counselor with the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative.
You’ve been brought to the U.S. – kidnapped, sold by your impoverished family, picked up from the streets of some land where girls have no value – and prostituted. Or more likely here, you’re a very unlucky American child victimized by traffickers. As a result of this tragic history, you are pregnant. Or, you survived God knows what only to become a 20-something victim of human trafficking – which now leaves you pregnant.