Forced sex trade thriving in U.S. Midwest
June 20th, 2012
06:53 AM ET

U.S. Midwest in crosshairs of child sex trafficking fight

By Deborah Feyerick & Sheila Steffen, CNN

Tamara Vandermoon is barely recognizable in the photo she holds up; her face is swollen and bruised, her eyes nearly battered shut. She was 19 at the time. "My pimp had beaten me and stomped my face," she says. "I was black and blue."

The Minnesota woman has seen a lot in her relatively short life. Abandoned by her father and angry at her mother, she ran away when she was 12, the same age she turned her first trick trading sex for money and gifts.

"I just wanted to be accepted and loved. I was told how beautiful I was and if you do this I'll get you this ... and I'll make you my girlfriend." Before she knew it she was prostituting herself up to 50 times a night, the money going to her pimp or to feed the drug habit she developed, she says, to "numb the pain" of her life.

Her eyes fill with tears as she remembers: "I was just a baby. I was 12 and they preyed on me. What would a grown man want with a twelve-year-old child?!" Now 31, she is finally getting out after nearly two decades in the sex-trade.

When it comes to child and adolescent sex-trafficking in the United States, the FBI ranks Minneapolis-St. Paul among the top 13 places in the nation. With its tangle of highways known as Spaghetti Junction, its year-round sporting events and frequent conventions, millions pass through on any given day. "There's the thought no one's going to catch you in the Midwest," says Dan Pfarr who works with teens in crisis.

Like Vandermoon, many teens who wind up in the sex trade are runaways targeted by men who coerce or threaten them through physical or psychological abuse.

"They don't say they're pimps. They say they're boyfriends," says Vednita Carter founder of the non-profit group, Breaking Free which has helped hundreds of women in Minnesota escape what they call "the lifestyle."

"It's very easy to lure somebody into believing that this person doesn't mean any harm for them," she says.

In other cases, girls are drugged or abducted and simply disappear. Their phones are confiscated. And as with international sex-trafficking, they are moved from city to city and state to state, kept isolated from anyone who may be able to help. Carter says once the girls are taken finding them is almost impossible.

For more than a decade, Minneapolis Police Sgt. Grant Snyder has been trying to uncover and fight sex exploitation and adolescent sex-trafficking in the Midwest. The pimps, he says, are "very good at first identifying who's vulnerable, and then working those vulnerabilities."

Though difficult to confirm, the statistic most cited by police and child advocates is that within 48 hours of running away, one in three teens will be approached by someone in the sex trade.

With hundreds of thousands of runaways every year in the midwestern U.S., the pool of potential victims is immense. Yet ask about adolescent sex trafficking in the U.S. and most people don't realize how many American girls are forced into prostitution every year.

"We think the children being trafficked are not our children but they are our children and they come from our communities," says John Choi, the chief prosecutor for Ramsey County, Minnesota.

The prosecutor has seen an increase in the number of cases involving underage girls and says: "They are ... easier to control, as well as in greater demand, though it's a sick demand."

Attorney Mike Freeman of Minnesota's Hennepin County says the pimps he's encountered are "skilled and dexterous in manipulation." His office is also prosecuting a higher number of child-sex traffickers.

One of Freeman's recent cases involved a 14-year-old runaway who spent more than three years in a world she couldn't escape. "I know that she was doing what she had to do, in her mind, to survive," says her mother who asked CNN to call her Violet to protect her daughter's privacy.

Prosecutors say the teenager was at a bus stop and approached by a man and his girlfriend. "They wanted to know if she wanted to go hang out, and she got in the car," Violet says. "That's where it all started." It took less than a week to post an ad on an adult services website selling the teenager for sex.

"Threats were made that if she told anything about what she was doing or told on him that he would come back and kill her family," says Violet describing how her daughter was beaten and psychologically tortured.

Last October, police rescued the teen during an undercover operation. In February, prosecutors arrested and charged Akmal Saleem Karon with eight counts of solicitation, inducement and promotion of prostitution. He has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial. Yet according to the criminal complaint, the Minnesota man advertised Violet's daughter on an internet escort site – one ad allegedly featured a $99.00 special that included sexual intercourse.

Asked about the emotional impact on her child Violet says: "It has wrecked her life completely. She has to rewind and repair." The girl, now 18, is at a facility getting psychological counseling and trying to heal.

The problem of child sex trafficking in the Midwest is growing – in part because of the surge of online advertising that gives buyers and sellers greater anonymity.

Minnesota has aggressively made anti-trafficking a priority. Last year, numerous police chiefs, top prosecutors and advocate groups lobbied the state legislature to pass the Safe Harbor Act, which modified Minnesota law to classify underage prostitutes as victims not criminals.

Instead of locking them up, police officers like Sergeant Snyder have been able to recruit girls to testify against their accused sex traffickers, while getting them the resources and help they need as victims of sexual abuse and exploitation.

"This is a sea change," says Choi who pushed for the bill. "We've heard so many times from runaways ... "had I known I could get help from police, I would have gone.""

The Women's Foundation of Minnesota has also launched a campaign with the slogan "Minnesota Girls are Not for Sale."

Lee Roper-Batker heads the $4 million public awareness campaign that will give grants to anti-trafficking groups. "We've got to have zero tolerance for the buying and selling of girls. No girl chooses prostitution," she says.

Roper-Batker says most men buying sex from children "don't think of it as a horrific act of violence ... and because they're paying for it, somehow that legitimizes it for them."

Snyder agrees pointing out that prostitution is a felony but buying sex is a misdemeanor. "We need to treat the men that are clients of women and girls in the sex trafficking industry as part of the conspiracy to kidnap, imprison, enslave and to traffic these women."

At a court-mandated 'school for Johns' a group of men - all with first time convictions of paying for sex and many wearing weddings bands - listen as survivors of teen prostitution describe the abuse, drugs and reality of the "life."

Run by Joy Friedman, of Breaking Free, she says men need to understand how devastating it is for young women. Friedman, who is also a survivor, warns the men they can no longer say they "didn't know."

"I can walk the streets all I want, or advertise ... but until you stop, until you pick up the phone to call, until you open your car door, no harm comes to me. No violence comes to me." Friedman pauses, makes eye contact and let's the Johns know they can end this.

They can help stop the cycle of demand that fuels prostitution and sex trafficking. She tells them: "You are ... the solution to this problem."


soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. Tim

    If you want to stop this then make the penalties real. Pimping a child under a certain age will carry a mandatory 25 year sentence with no chance of parole. Soliciting a child under a certain age will carry a mandatory 10 year sentence with no chance of parole. I guarantee you this measure would cut the rate to almost nothing.

    June 20, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
    • Steve

      How can you guarantee that? California's three strike rule puts people in prison for decades for even small amounts of drugs, but that hasn't stopped them. It just fills the prisons with small-time criminals. If a man thinks he won't get caught, it doesn't matter what the penalty is.

      June 20, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
      • melvinslizard

        I would add that it makes that offender that much MORE DANGEROUS when the penalty is so severe. I would advocate even harsher penalties for this repulsive, destructive behavior, but I'm afraid you would see an increase in violence against the girls and any witnesses.

        June 20, 2012 at 11:02 am |
      • Tim

        The data doesn't back up your position:

        http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/cacrime.htm

        Overall crime rates have fallen across the board on average (regional spikes aside). Before anyone replies to this please bring data with you.

        Also, I don't deem child rape as petty either.

        June 22, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • Jeff

      Tim,
      Look at current society and examine your logic. This is the same argument used by proponents of the death penalty. The threat of punishments is clearly not a deterrent. Crime is at an all time high, murder numbers soar, rape/abuse numbers through the roof.. punishment isn't scaring them straight. The majority of criminals in these worlds live under the danger of imminent death daily. Prison or the death penalty won't deter. I don't discredit the need for strong, stiff penalties but that won't curb the problem. Organization, effort and involvement by compassionate, concerned people are the hope of these victims.

      June 20, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
      • Richard Jorgensen

        Dude, the DP is not supposed to be a deterrent it is a penalty.

        June 20, 2012 at 10:47 am |
      • George

        Harsh punishment is a deterant, not for everyone, but for a lot. The hard core jerks who don't get the message just need to be castrated!

        June 20, 2012 at 11:47 am |
      • scooby1813

        Crime is no where near an all time high. The violent crime rate is about 60% of what it was 20 years ago. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_the_United_States

        June 20, 2012 at 11:49 am |
      • sub

        I disagree that we have the death penalty and it is not a deterrent. The reason it is isn't a deterrent is we have these penalties in place, but they are never enforced. Have you checked to see how many people are on death row for horrific murders they committed yet they are still living and our taxes are paying for them to live while the innocent people they murdered are dead and had not chance of appealing for their lives. If we enforced the penalties we have, then that is when these might be a deterrent. Just having the laws and penalties on the books does no good if they are not enforced.

        June 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Bob

      For Tim: I agree, and actual crime statistics are proof that what you propose is true, versus the totally subjective comments left by Steve and Jeff.
      - Jeff claims that crime is at an "all time time" and uses a lot of hyperbole, when in fact it is just the opposite, especially when it comes to violent crime, as defined by the FBI, which keeps the database (look it up).
      - As for Steve, nothing is ever "guaranteed," and your using the standard "stoner" is nothing but a smoke screen. You comment: "If a man thinks he won't get caught, it doesn't matter what the penalty is," well, just plain dumb, and isn't even relevant to what Tim said, or what was said in the article.

      June 20, 2012 at 10:33 am | Reply
      • Jk

        They aren't as low as reported by FBI, either. It is common practice to record a burglary with violence involved as just a burglary a theft at knife point as just a petty theft. This gives the impression that violent crime in OUR neighborhood is down.

        June 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
      • Tim

        Thx Bob! I get really sick of people who use "headlines" to base their opinions and positions on. The data clearly shows crime has fallen over the last 2 decades. There are probably lots of reasons for this but I would find it hard to believe that stiff penalties haven't contributed to this at some level.

        June 22, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • Richard Jorgensen

      25 years is to light, castrate them, make them eat their own jewels then hang them with a sign on their neck that says pimp of child.

      June 20, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
      • Todd

        Do you not think that is unusual punishment? Hanging I think is fairly straight forward and not excessively cruel, not as cruel as traffickers are!

        June 20, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Real

      Long jail terms don't work. Crime still happens, and our prisons are full. The only way to REALLY get rid of these problems? Excecute these people ON SITE. No trial, no arrest. Just put them on their kness in the middle of the street and put a bullet in the back of their heads, for all to see. Problem solved. I bet these crimes go away overnight. Hitler had it right. I wish he had won the war.

      June 20, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
      • History Bear

        While that sounds nice, it leads to "frontier justice" and abuse of power. Instead, convict, then execute. Preponderance of evidence of course. The death penalty man not be a deterent, but it guarantees no repeat offenses.

        June 20, 2012 at 11:19 am |
      • HG23

        If Hitler had won the war you wouldn't be sitting down in front of a computer sharing your lunacy over the Internet. You would probably be working in a concentration camp building BMW's. Grow up!

        June 20, 2012 at 11:43 am |
      • Todd in DC

        It would also lead to innocents being killed. All it takes is one girl or boy to realize that if he/she cries rape, even if there was no physical interaction whatsoever, the accuser would be able to lie with impunity.

        You NEED the trial to prove the crime, no matter how obvious the situation is.

        June 20, 2012 at 11:55 am |
      • cashemere mafia

        It never deterred murder

        June 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
      • Melanie

        Hitler had it right???? Are you insane?!?!?! Talk to my mom about Hitler – and we're not Jewish. You are a MORON.

        June 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
      • vliacgyp

        Did you really just say Hitler is right? Wow. I don't even know what to say to that.

        June 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
      • Gunny

        If hitler had it his way, all non-whites would be wiped of the earth. I guess we see what kind of a person you are.

        June 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
      • Gunny

        The death penalty only works if you can guarantee that every person convicted is truly guilty. So far...you have a chance to prove your innocence and if you can't, you die. I wonder how many innocent people (who could not prove it) have been executed. And also... isn't it weird that we send people to prison (some for the rest of their lives), but the name of the place we send them is called the department of corrections? We spend more money locking them up then correcting them. Then we complain that when they get out (if they ever do), not to trust them because they are felons and ex-cons. The truth of the matter is that we suck at correcting our citizens.

        June 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
      • cdgfla

        You are an utterly disgusting human being. The man plunged the entire world into a war which resulted in upwards of 100 million deaths world wide, embarked on a systematic extermination of "undesirables" totaling around 7 million people, and destroyed his own nation in the attempt to hang on to power. You i d i o t kids need to read an actual history book and learn some F'ing respect. I hope you get run over by a bus in traffic for saying that.

        June 27, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • Portia2708

      What is more likely to happen is that the pimp would k*ll her if he thought she would be a witness against him...the higher the penalty, the more likely the girls would face the maximum punishment from her pimp...just sayin'

      June 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
    • mario

      Yes

      June 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • ensense

      At the base of all these social problems is the disintegrating family and the culture of not taking responsibility. There will always be crime you cant get rid of it that is a fact but you can reduce it by fixing the above 2.

      June 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • akduck1

      Yes, I agree, but it is naive and unproductive to fail to acknowledge the "child's" involvement here. Usually these relationships start as voluntary and then sumoetimes develop into involuntary. And it is not uncommon for these girls to get help and get free, for awhile, only to go back into the trade. So, I'd add a minimum 5 year commitment to juvenile hall or female prison for the girls who put themselves our there.

      June 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
      • Miriam

        Really, you'd lock up the VICTIMS? A stint in inpatient psych, rehab or just a safe place to stay (foster care or group home), and I'm right there with you. But prison? REALLY? No, that's not right.

        June 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
      • Mother of five Daughters

        I really don't think any child who has been raped should be subject to criminal punishment. A 14 year old who is kidnapped or coerced away from home, forced into drug/alcohol addiction, and subject to repeated rape night after night is not a criminal. The criminals are the men who line up to pay a few bucks to rape her along with those who pimp her out. Both groups are a danger to society.

        July 22, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • cashemere mafia

      Does the death penalty deter murder? No – why would severe penalties in this case be any different?

      June 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
      • mike

        Its not used enough...look at stingent laws in other countries (crime is way less there than it is here)

        June 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • joe

      exactly. It's not that difficult to stop such crimes by eliminating such a small demand. .

      June 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • CAR

      Shouldn't we be asking why so many of our children are running away? It seems to me this would be our first step in working on a solution. Regarding the pimps and Johns, somebody is aware of what the do. Why is it not being reported?

      June 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
      • vliacgyp

        Agreed.

        June 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Easy E

      No, if you want to make it stop, do random raids or sting operation on pimps. Make them all become "desaparecidos". When enough of these loser pimps end up fishfood, the enthusiasm level for this kind of trash will abate pretty fast.

      June 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • mike

      Death Penalty...its easy.

      June 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • Culturechange

      They are already doing this. It is a 20 year federal sentence for underage trafficking. THe problem with the trafficking program is that is really is about helping vctims. It is about a prejudice against men.

      June 21, 2012 at 9:52 am | Reply
    • Culturechange

      They are already doing this. It is a 20 year federal sentence for underage trafficking. THe problem with the trafficking program is that is really not is about helping vctims. It is about a prejudice against men.

      June 21, 2012 at 9:52 am | Reply
      • shraeve

        You are right about that.

        June 22, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • charlieb

      Paul Kirby needs to come out of retirement

      June 26, 2012 at 9:00 am | Reply
    • Leif

      Dream on. The death penalty does not prevent murder. The way to prevent this is to invent a better species.

      June 30, 2012 at 5:10 am | Reply
  2. John Flynn

    If the country would move forward and legalize it, we would have these problems. I sure the industry would clean it's self up,

    June 20, 2012 at 7:54 am | Reply
    • Bob

      You are correct John, and the European model is proof. Legalize it and zone it, much like any other business.

      June 20, 2012 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • melvinslizard

      Good God, man. Did you really just type that?

      June 20, 2012 at 11:03 am | Reply
    • Ricardo

      You are so mistaken, sir. Here in Spain it is legal for adults and yet there are many underage girls being kidnapped and forced to do this. Actually it has been proven that legalization only creates hubs which then attract other activities that are illegal.

      June 20, 2012 at 11:35 am | Reply
      • Culturechange

        But kids are being kidnapped in countries where it is illegal for adults to participate so your argument breaks down. Making it illegal isn't stopping it. Wars on vices never work.

        June 21, 2012 at 9:54 am |
  3. Dave

    If position were legal at least it could be regulated. The pimps could be taxed and the health and well being of the women could be a aured.

    June 20, 2012 at 8:16 am | Reply
    • Marianne

      I think you didn't ready the story. It is about the exploitation and abuse of underage girls. People who are looking to get in a bed with a child could not care less if adult protsitution is legal or not.

      June 20, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
  4. TiredOfPaying

    Legalize it, regulate it and there will be a safe environment for those who CHOOSE to work the profession, while preventing under-age exploitation. Going after the 'Johns' is the same failed idea as the War on Drugs... you cannot legislate Morality! There will ALWAYS be a demand.

    June 20, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply
    • Valerie

      "They are ... easier to control, as well as in greater demand, though it's a sick demand."

      These pigs "paying" for this want MINORS and minors CANNOT give legal consent. Did YOU read the article????

      June 20, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
      • Kay

        Exactly Valerie!

        June 20, 2012 at 11:07 am |
      • Surya

        KMOM14 Posted on LOL. I really got a kick out you post. We have all had protjces that go awry it makes us appreciate our successes that much more.I'd just glue some googly eyes on him and tell the boys that Horton ended up having to have his ear surgically removed because he got one too many piercings in it and it got infected and to keep that in mind when all your friends are getting their ears pierced multiple times think of Horton!

        August 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
      • Martin

        denisemichelle Posted on Hilarious!! Reminded me, initially, of when I was in third grade and watned to make my own homemade potpourri sachets for Mother's Day. Yep, I dried marigolds, marigolds only. It was the one gift my mom couldn't even bring herself to use, it smelled, so not good.

        August 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • Doug

      These stories always bring out the sickos. You are really suggesting child exploitation should be made legal?!?!

      June 20, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • BosMonkey

      You think legalizing it will get rid of them pimping UNDERAGE kids? The enticement is that they are underage. That should never be legalized. Legalizing adults wonouldn't do a damn thing to help these kids.

      You are an idiot.

      June 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
      • vliacgyp

        Agreed!

        June 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Mother of five Daughters

      Actually, we should be sending these rapists to prison. Calling them "johns" is a misnomer. They are rapists. They rape young girls and pay to do so. These sick people have no place in any civilized society.

      July 22, 2012 at 1:11 am | Reply
  5. Malfean

    Want to stop the trade? Easy... simply execute those who facilitate it, and let everyone see you do it. When those people see that death is the punishment for it; they'll think twice about it. My solution is simple, affordable, and better than the ones today because the laws of today have been running for decades adn failed miserably.

    June 20, 2012 at 8:49 am | Reply
    • Skeptic

      Malfean, What you said is THE EXACT punishment that's in the Quran ... If you are not a Muslim already, I highly recommend that you look into Islam ...

      June 20, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
    • pat

      @ Malfean: If you want to execute people for practicing something you don't believe in, feel free to move to China or Iran.

      June 20, 2012 at 9:14 am | Reply
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      your plan is flawed, when people commit a crime they do not take into account what the punishment is if they get caught. they believe they will not get caught

      June 20, 2012 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • mike

      So by your logic we should have been murder free when death penalty was still in effect everywhere, right?

      June 20, 2012 at 9:42 am | Reply
    • melvinslizard

      Then why is human trafficking so common in Muslim countries???

      June 20, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • z

      The death penalty may be too lenient. Torture them and then put them to death maybe?

      June 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
    • mario

      O like your solution

      June 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
    • Culturechange

      We cant execute murderers. Execution for pimping is not gong to happen.

      June 21, 2012 at 9:56 am | Reply
    • ann nichols

      You have a point there! All men and women fear death. It is a common denominator. First offense, castration; second offense death penalty.

      June 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  6. NOT MY CHAIR

    its a good thing we waste billions of dollars fighting stupid crimes but not nearly enough on stuff like this

    June 20, 2012 at 9:17 am | Reply
  7. Whatever Sells Ad Space

    How many trafficked teens do you think are at the brothels in Reno? I'm betting none. Bring the business above board so it can be regulated and audited. The men want safe encounters with actual adults, the girls need to be protected, decriminalization and regulation is the answer.

    June 20, 2012 at 9:30 am | Reply
    • Kay

      If all men wanted safe encounters with adults then there wouldn't be any illegal trafficking of younger girls. Get your head out of the sand.

      June 20, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
      • Culturechange

        That is an ignorant comment because you dont know how difficult it is to find an encounter with an adult. That is illegal too.

        June 21, 2012 at 9:50 am |
  8. JonfromLI

    I think we need more Deniro wannabees from Taxi Driver.

    June 20, 2012 at 9:53 am | Reply
    • melvinslizard

      you talkin' to me??

      June 20, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
  9. john

    You can legalize it for woman and men over the age of 18. The problem is they are targeting kids under the age of 18. Runaways.. Some of you people are so dumb.
    Read the article again! ! ! ! !

    June 20, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
    • John-117

      Perhaps they wouldn't prey on vulnerable minors if they had a steady supply of adult women wanting to work in the business.

      June 20, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply
      • Valerie

        God you men are so stupid! Only grown women that are screwed up in the head want to do this- What is WRONG with the thinking of MEN??? What the heck is wrong with you??? I am floored at how CLUELESS you all are into the minds of healthy women!

        June 20, 2012 at 10:35 am |
      • Richard Jorgensen

        pedos don't want adult women they want kids.

        June 20, 2012 at 10:48 am |
      • Valerie

        Richard- the article, when referring to minors states:

        "They are ... easier to control, as well as in greater demand, though it's a sick demand."

        So MOST of the buyers WANT MINORS. Men are disgusting. Not all of you, MOST of you.

        June 20, 2012 at 10:56 am |
      • Scott Pilgrim

        Gee Valerie, you sound like a lovely person to be around.

        June 20, 2012 at 11:48 am |
      • StanCalif

        There are thousands of adult women working in the profession! Most use a service that pre-screens clients and they make a very good income – (while continuing to collect unemployment, since their "job" isn't legal!).
        And, they actually enjoy their work! Most people are totally unaware of "the trade".

        June 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
      • Jimbo

        Glad I don't date Valerie. Maybe you aren't as psyco as you seem in your posts, but I bet you are a handfull of nagging annoyance.

        June 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
      • Iris0127

        Valerie, I was with you all the way until you typed this comment: "Only grown women that are screwed up in the head want to do this". Wrong. Not speaking from personal experience, however, to group all women who work this trade as "screwed up" in the head is a little unjustly.

        Everything else you have typed, I agree with.

        June 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
      • Valerie

        Iris- with all due respect, I stand by my comment. Most of these women suffer from a Cluster B personality disorder, namely histrionic disorder. Personality disordered persons ARE NOT insane or "crazy", but they ARE sick and yes most of these women ARE SICK. "Healthy" women do NOT do these things, I stand by that.

        June 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
      • shraeve

        Look up the crime statistics on the Internet. Almost everybody involved in the business is an adult.

        June 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
      • shraeve

        Valerie, just because you cannot imagine anyone in their right mind doing this, that does not mean someone has to be "screwed up in the head" to do it. For some women it is no big deal, just a way to earn some quick money.

        June 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • A Different View

      @John Just so you know, the legal age in Alabama is 16, not 18.

      June 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  10. John-117

    I don't get why they are complaining. At least they have jobs in this economy.

    June 20, 2012 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • Todd in DC

      Not funny John. These are kids. They don't need jobs, they need schooling, and they don't need to be physically assulted.

      June 20, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
      • vliacgyp

        Totally agree. That is not funny to say the least.

        June 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
      • survivor

        How ironic the person you were talking to is named "John". Education seems to be part of the answer. It's powerful! Not just for the children, but for the Johns, as well. I have spoke at Breaking Free's John School numerous times. It is empowering. I could go on forever. I'm a counselor now and see not only the physical abuse but the chemical/mental healh issues. It's just plain wrong.

        June 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
  11. Brian

    As long as the risk/reward situation for pimps remains favorable, through lack of law enforcement resources to find them and penalties that are small enough to make the gamble acceptable, they will continue to do this. Likewise, if the law enforcement and judicial environment pose minimal threat or risk of incarceration, men will continue to weigh the costs and subsequently perpetuate this problem. Regardless of one's beliefs surrounding capital punishment or even religious orientation, this is a simple statistical truth.

    June 20, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
    • shraeve

      Why does law enforcement have so few resources? Because they waste the taxpayers' money prosecuting consenting adults.

      June 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
    • Cuervo Jones

      cops are notorious pedos. look up the stats

      July 11, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
  12. Brad

    The only way to combat these kinds of crimes is to foster a more open dialogue on the kinds of things that we don't talk about in this country. You know, all those hush hush things we aren't allowed to talk about in mixed company.

    June 20, 2012 at 10:25 am | Reply
  13. Pete

    Sadly, I bet the story about the woman with absurdly gigantic breasts stays on CNN's front page longer than this.

    June 20, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
  14. Denise

    A death penalty to traffickers will lead to them permanently disappearing the only witnesses, the girls.

    June 20, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • gliese 42

      Denmark is winning the war because it legalize it.

      June 20, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
      • shraeve

        Denmark is a very humane country, with a much lower per capita rate of rape than the USA.

        June 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  15. dave

    Sad that our defunct economy and Obama failed policies offer no future or opportunity for our lost generation and children of broken homes and broken dreams. Vey sad.

    June 20, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • kathinmadrid

      Right, everything was perfect until January 20, 2009. There was no crime, no unemployment, no broken homes; we were living in a freakin' episode of Leave It to Beaver.

      June 20, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
      • TOM

        EVERYONE needs to watch the movie (true story) WHISTLEBLOWER. A HORRIFIC, DISGUSTING look at this sick "trade". What is shocking is who is knowing involved & benefiting from this sick sh. UNREAL. Just UNREAL.

        June 26, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  16. Lockew

    Read Thomas More's, Utopia. If a man knows that a small crime has extreme consequences, he'll likely go further and kill the whiteness so as to get rid of him or her to lessen the chance of being identified. It wouldn't matter to the criminal since the punishment is the same as the punishment for murder. Overly extreme punishments can be dangerous as well.

    June 20, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • Todd in DC

      "Kill the whiteness"? So if I get a tan I can get away with committing crimes? Cool!!!

      June 20, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
      • Locked

        Lol. I saw it after I posted. I'm sure you're a smart enough individual to deduce what I meant to put.

        June 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • Mother of five Daughters

      Execution for the rape of young girls is not a deterrent – it is a way to remove those individuals from harming human society. These rapists are so devoid of humanity that they are a threat to humanity as a whole. To so degrade, devalue, and destroy the future of society – children – one becomes an enemy of Mankind.

      July 22, 2012 at 1:20 am | Reply
  17. me

    Perhaps we should start with the problem of runaways. HUNDREDS of thousands? Holy #@%@.

    June 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  18. dave

    Personally I find it safer to just take in one that you like. Why share with someone else, I dont need the money.

    June 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • B

      I hae to even fathom what this response from you means. You sound like one of the sickos that thrives on s#$t like this.

      June 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  19. mrroith

    Make ghettos secluded areas and take away gov assistance.

    June 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • dan

      "Make ghettos secluded areas and take away gov assistance."

      Wow, where did this comment come from and what does it have to with the exploitation if minors ?

      I guess it is a welfare and poverty problem right ?

      June 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • ann

      Why stop there why not put electrified fences around the ghettos and drop in food every once in awhile? ...

      June 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  20. MrCheeks

    I thought women in America had the right to choose and do as they wish with their own body ?

    June 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
    • Burbank

      We are talking about middle school age girls stupid!

      June 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • vliacgyp

      These are MINORS! These are not adults.

      June 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
      • shraeve

        Hardly ever true. Almost all of the men in "john schools" are there because they paid adults.

        June 20, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Azezel

      They do, they just can't make a living with their honey pot.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  21. Bmore Sensible

    What really sickens me is that by probability alone, out of the 60 or so responses to this article, at least 1 person is or has thought about being a participant in this tragedy...human minds can certainly take the human out of anyone...

    June 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  22. Burbank

    The way to end this problem is not law enforcement, it's better parenting. Why so many runaways? I have the feeling the parents of most of these girls had no business even having children in the first place!

    June 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • vliacgyp

      100% agree. It is sad really, the kind of parenting that goes on these days. Really, the lack of parenting that goes on these days.

      June 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
    • I know better, and you should too.

      You're right, babies certainly should stop having babies.

      June 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  23. dan

    "Make ghettos secluded areas and take away gov assistance."

    Wow, where did this comment come from ?

    June 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  24. Big shiz

    The mpls pd has ben runing brolthols on lake st. for years

    June 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • Achai

      Manny August 10, 2009 For those who don't know yet about this,this is what i meant in my previous coenmmt.but more people,anywhere in the world had read this article.To the one who made a bad coenmmt about the filipinos,you must read that article a million times good luck!

      September 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  25. BROCK LANDERS

    I just don't see it the way you people do, most if not all of these girls may have a rough childhood, but does that push them into the drugs? Not sure about that, but the only way these girls are being captured is via drugs "hey hang out with me i can get you high, have some of this alcohol – then it's all over (one without morals can do it right now with a teenage girl that has been poorly raised without even pimping her), blame the johns? no, i blame the parents that brought in the child without having any clue how to raise one – and that my idiot citizens is YOUR problem, anybody can have a kid, only certain people can raise a kid – get that through your drone skulls

    June 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • T

      So Brock you want to blame the kids because they haven't been raised correctly?

      June 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  26. gracenyc

    Absolutely agree that pimping should carry a very big fine (25 yrs mandatory) and so should buying! If there wasn't any demand, there would be no need to produce the product. To all the Johns out there – be a real man, and go out there an earn an honest living.

    June 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
    • A Different View

      "If there wasn't any demand, there would be no need to produce the product." Why don't we just outlaw all s.e.x. except within a marriage. Got to make sure that it is only a marriage between a man and a woman....none of this two guy stuff. Anyone found having relations outside of a marriage....or any unmarried woman who becomes pregnant, should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I think the law is Leviticus.

      June 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
      • allenwoll

        You are NUTZ ! ! !

        June 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
      • A Different View

        Celibacy is absilutely the moral position. Look at how well it works for the Catholic Church.

        June 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
      • vliacgyp

        Wow buddy, it's 2012.

        June 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Joe Bob

      Think about this if i kill someone on the streets chances are good i am out in 8 years, if i rape someone i am out in 3-5, if i am a human trafficker i can get 2-20 if i am a dope smoker well then death sentence cause now your cutting into the government machines private interbusiness relations ship with slave labor.

      June 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  27. tom

    Historybear...well said and I agree but as the father of a young girl my frontier justice side flares up at articles like this one....has anyone asked why the runaway rate is so high in MInny?...whats going on that teenage and pre teen girls are taking to the streets in these kinds of numbers?....not implying that its an easy answer but keeping them off the streets keeps them from becoming victims

    June 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  28. last nerv

    The root cause is running away. That is what needs to stop first. ...Running from what?

    June 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • ensense

      Broken homes and families that is the root cause.

      June 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  29. Lou Cypher

    This tutorial was very informative and helpful. Thank you, CNN!

    June 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  30. T

    @MrCheeks Read the article again these are not women they are underage girls. These girls need help from all of us, protection from these people who want to use them. I am sad at some of these comments from you men, would you feel the same if it was your daughter?

    June 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  31. destro

    Did u know that we r considered a third world country in norway. they have way better standard of living.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  32. Wm McLellan

    A good thing parents can do is let their kids know there is a place to run away to. For example, you have a neighbor with kids your own kids age; they agree to be the runnaway home for your kids, and you agree to be theirs. Other family members can be designated–a favorite aunt, for instance. Kids need a safe place if they suddenly find things intolerable at home. Ours never used their option, but thousands of families would not be in distress now if they had a safe place their child could go. The best option of course is to have parents that a teen can talk to, and we wish we could all be that kind of parent.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  33. GAW

    Sometime very bad parents are in on the act. See CNN story on 11 year old girl offered to men on today's headlines.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC

      WRON. PARENT GO TO JAIL IF THEY TOUCH THEIR KIDS. IS THE KIND OF WORLD WE LIVE IN TODAY. PUT ONE LITTLE MARK ON YOUR KIDS AND YOU GO TO JAIL..BLAME POLITICIANS–JUDGES-POLICE.

      June 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  34. JerPell

    I thought Obama had a war for women going on, well this would be a good place to start!......Oh that's right, there are no votes here for him....Oh well, good luck ladies!

    June 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • Joe Bob

      No he is too busy planning the deaths of Americans and those he deems need to be killed without a trial.

      June 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  35. Joe Bob

    Sorry the police state has no time to deal with human trafficking. Were too busy locking up non violent offenders for pot smoking in their homes.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC

      LEGALIZE POT. ANYONE IN JAIL FOR POT ? LET THEM GO....WE CAN PAY OFF THE DEBT BY LEGALIZING POT..ALSO WE WOULD BE PUTTING THE MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS OUT OF BUSINESS.

      June 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  36. Kam

    Just for a different perspective about how these pimps work. When I was 15 I was with my best friend at the mall. There were 2 young men together with a girl shopping. The man was picking out clothes for the woman to wear. At some point the called me over and asked me to choose between two outfits for the girl. The girl was silent. After picking out one, the two guys became suddenly interested in me and one asked "So are you looking for a summer job?". It took me a few seconds for all my alarm bells to go off and realize that these weren't just ordinary people but pimps and the girl was working for them. I quickly shook my head no and told my best friend. One of the store workers overheard my distress and told them to leave (Kudos for that brave worker). All those years I thought maybe that girl was doing it voluntary but it's entirely possible she wasn't. Afterall, why do you need two men to go shopping?cIt's important to note that all looked pretty young, maybe in their teens early 20s

    Please note I wasn't a runaway, or from a broken home. But they still had a hook line to snag me. I don't know what might have happened if I was alone, or said yes. I was pretty darn naive, and never had encountered a pimp before then but thank goodness something clicked in my head. I attended an all girls Catholic high school, and I had heard stories from friends about men approaching them for "work". In all cases the men made the "work" sound very innocent and appealing. Please have some sympathy for these girls. These men are very manipulative and skilled at what they do.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • Really???

      What colour were they? ...riiiight......

      July 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Reply
      • Jondi

        Ok Erin, these are really my kids. My sis is just boowrring them for a bit. haha! OMG, I love these shots. I want you to take my boys pics sometime when Im in town. Amazing Job! And your right, shes def the best hairdresser EVER! XOXO

        November 15, 2012 at 2:10 am |
  37. LJF

    I can not believe some of the comments blaming the girls or even their parents for the trafficking. Human Trafficking a a very real problem in not only the World but right here in the USA. The girls are running away because of their home life and then they are beaten and abused and then threatned. They are also then moved and transported around the country to "work" for their pimps. They are scared and embarrassed and do not believe they have
    anyway out. I would recommend you also visit sites like http://268generation.com/passion2013/freedom/ and http://www.thea21campaign.org/ for more information on slavery and human trafficing in our society and world today. Just because you do not know about it does not mean it is not a problem. Remeber Ignorence is no an execuse and indifference can not be an option if we are going to end this injustice in our lifetime.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  38. Kill-a-pimp

    Pimps are for killing.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  39. JOSE0311USMC

    DON'T BE STUPID. STOP RUNNING AWAY... WHEN YOU RUN AWAY ?? YOU ARE AT THE MERCY OF THE PIMPS –DRUG RUNNERS–GANGS...WHEN YOU RUN AWAY ?? YOU ARE IN THEIR WORLD.

    BLAME THE POLICE-JUDGES--OUR GOVERNMENT.

    PARENTS CAN'T TOUCH THEIR KIDS ANYMORE AND WHEN KIDS BREAK THE LAWS? POLICE AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU RIGHT AWAY BLAME THE PARENTS..

    PARENTS BY LAW ARE NOT ALLOW TO DISCIPLINE THEIR KIDS....YOU PUT A LITTLE MART ON YOUR KIDS, THEY CALL 911 AND THE PARENTS GET ARRESTED....WHEN YOU AS PARENT IS NOT ALLOW TO DISCIPLINE YOUR KIDS ? THEY GROW UP TO BE WILD WITH NO RESPECT.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  40. HatesMen

    Just remember, in he said/she said cases, the woman always wins. Women rule this planet and men are the slaves.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  41. F. Daniel Gray

    A lesson for "Tim": The death penalty has not decreased or stopped homicide. The enlightened parts of the Western world realized as much over a decade ago. There are insane people (usually men) who kill. Not surprising in a culture which glorifies destroying the demonic enemy.

    The shameless hypocrisy of the theme of this discussion is evident in the fact that capitalism manages to turn anything into a commodity which can produce a PROFIT. Most of the "girls"?women are thrown-aways.. If the Catholic/Christian hierarchy would endorse contraception, maybe the number of unwanted children would decrease.

    Slavery is a worldwide phenomenon more prevalent in the Third World than the US. Anyone with a minimum of sophistication knows this. For example, in INdia (the world's largest "democracy"), children, typically girls, are sold so families can eat food. So, instead of rambling on about the people of the DPRK, Cuba, Venezuela, etc.,being "oppressed,." where there is no slavery or pimps (in reality, parasitic people who are gaming the capitalist system), why not get serious and toss the condescending morallising.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • David

      Countries like the Democratic Republic of China doesn't have slavery...you have got to be kidding. Their entire population is in a form of slavery. Also, the one child policy and abortion of female fetuses has resulted in there being way to few women for the men to marry. As a result, women in the cities are often kidnapped and forced to "marry" a man in the country. Once they have had a child the women are basically slaves to the family that kidnapped or paid for them to be a kidnapped bride.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  42. Jeff E.

    Seems to me we need more "School's for John's" and education in general, stiffen the penalties for trafficking, and let girls know that there are ways out. The first I think would have a significant impact on demand.. most people are naturally compassionate but unfortunately as the article states, the John's don't see the dark side and don't think what they are doing is hurting someone.

    June 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  43. p1006

    i think it would be safe to say that mandatory castration (physical, not chemical) would act as a deterrent as well as a penalty. this would definitely cut down on over-crowding already over-crowded prisons. zero tolerance would seem to be a good policy to adopt in these cases.

    June 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  44. 123elle

    This is heartbreaking and incredible. I grew up in Minneapolis in the 1950s and thought it was the safest, most squeaky-clean place - but there was probably a lot going on that I never guessed at, as a protected kid living near Lake Calhoun. There always did seem to be a seedy side though. I had to take my piano lessons at MacPhail and I was followed and hassled in that neighborhood until I quit lessons there.

    This article made me take a harder look back: Mpls is really a veneer of upscale professionals, image-conscious and athletic, with the persistent underbelly of a corrupt old midwestern hard-core, lost years town.

    June 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • Cuervo Jones

      really? the town gangsters ran with impunity for years? not a clue huh? by the way. ST. Cloud is full of pedos buying girls. take a look

      July 11, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
  45. Lexagon

    "I can walk the streets all I want, or advertise ... but until you stop, until you pick up the phone to call, until you open your car door, no harm comes to me. No violence comes to me."

    Right, because the reason that employees of legal brothels in the U.S. don't live equivalent lives of fear, abuse and neglect is because they don't have any customers...hey, wait a minute.

    June 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Reply
    • shraeve

      I am glad someone else can see the implausibility of this article.

      June 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
      • I know better, and you should too.

        How many times have YOU been a john? I'm guessing one would need more than fingers and toes to count it.

        June 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  46. DJR

    Now teach such in the class room. Runaway child and this is your life. Teach other avenues of how to grow up. Most of these children believe in a fairy-tale in their head when they hit the street. Drugs suck, guys are pigs.

    June 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  47. Tony

    Penalties need to be tougher for the men willing to pay for these girls. Without the demand there woud be no industry.
    As far as the pimps go, it should be legal to kill them.

    June 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  48. A Different View

    Actually if a guy wants a younger girl he should just marry one. You can marry at 13 in Alabama. It also not religously objectionable. After all, didn't the Prophet Muhammad have a wife that was nine? Praise be to God.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
    • Kara

      Eeww! You are a creep and disgust me! Hope the FBI reading this and now know to keep an eye on you. Say what you want, but if you go after these children, you WILL go to HELL. That's an absolute.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  49. Truth

    What is the race of most pimps in the US. Why is it not racial/racist exploitation? Why is this fact not addressed.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Adolfo

      brent May 13, 2010 I say, drop No.1, you will always see your oamciefftes, like everyday. So,magsasawa ka din sa mukha nila. You might get lost though on the chika with them when they get back to work but hey, it should be worth it considering you'll see Mimay again.

      September 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  50. David

    For these child molesters/pimps, just through them into the general prison population and let it be known that they are child molesters.

    As for the death penalty and other harsh penalties not being a deterent, the fact that it takes decades to enforce some the death penalty eliminates much of the deterence factor. There is very little association of crime to punishment when it takes that long, especially when the criminals become celebrity "heroes".

    June 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • Alak

      I would always like to help out with your sothos. Just let me know and maybe I can arrange it. I don't know if I would have the patience you have, though. After watching you in action, I know for sure that it's a whole lot harder than I imagined. I might panic, or start to cry if the baby wouldn't go to sleep and. There's a lot of pressure. On second, though?/

      November 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  51. Gill Bates

    The midwest, prime Christian Republican territory. Full of hypocrisy.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
    • Cuervo Jones

      well yeah. they even let pedos sing at their conventions. see: Lawrence King, Franklingate etc

      July 11, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
      • Manisha

        Dave T: If it works for you great. I don't like flags because they allow us to keep meaesgss in the inbox, after we've decided what work they require. This makes the inbox a place that holds a mix of processed and unprocessed meaesgss. It is much easier for a message to get lost under this pile and not be handled until it's too late.

        September 14, 2012 at 12:01 am |
  52. JOSE0311USMC

    A CALIFORNIA DAD KILLED HIS DAUGHTER PIMP.. IF IT WAS TEXAS ? HE WOULD BE FREE. HE IS CHARGE WITH MURDER FOR KILLING A PIMP. HE DID AMERICA A HUGE FAVOR.. IF A PIMP DID THE SAME TO MY DAUGHTER ? I WOULD KILL HIM TO, BUT I WOULD DO IT LIKE A SNIPER . FROM 300 YARDS AWAY , NO WITNESSES.

    HEY MAYBE I CAN GET A JOB AT WHAT I CAN DO BEST BY RENTING MYSELF OUT AS A SNIPER FOR HIRE ? I'M UNEMPLOYED

    June 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  53. JOSE0311USMC

    KILL THE PIMPS AND CHILD MOLESTERS. NEED HELP ? LET ME KNOW.

    June 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  54. beware lukas ahead

    what's the deal? you can take someone to jugde by burning you'e dick with a cup of hot coffee but makeing a underage girl pregnant is legally somehow?Oo

    June 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  55. beware lukas ahead

    whats the deal? you can take somenone to judge by burning youre dick with a cup of hot coffee but making a girl unwilling pregnant is legally somehow?Oo

    June 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  56. farhan

    BELIEVE IT OR NOT..!!
    sharia law is the best solution to it...

    June 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  57. Culturechange

    The article is so obviously biased against men. The father left her. The men sold her. The men rape her. All the worlds problmes victimize women and its men's fault. Give me a break. I cant believe CNN has reduced itself to a this level. Ted Turner cant be proud. . CNN is no longer about news, but about biased political activism. It is just a forum for hateful women to spew thier venom.

    June 21, 2012 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • TOM

      Please tell me your joking.

      June 26, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • terah

      psycho...

      July 8, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
    • Mother of five Daughters

      Ummm.... Seriously? You read this article and walk away angry at...CNN??? Of course, not all men are evil. However, this article discusses a specific subset of men who ARE evil – evil to the point of raping young girls and paying to do so. To extrapolate that the article is accusing all men of being bad is ridiculous...unless you truly believe that all men would pay to rape young girls? I, for one, do not believe all men are that destructive and dangerous. However, there is obviously a subset of men in the world who are not fit to be included in humankind.

      July 22, 2012 at 1:27 am | Reply
  58. survivor/mother/daughter/friend

    WOW!!! I can believe what alot of these men and women are commenting on, that is why the problem will never go away. I should be saying I can't believe people are saying some of the most idiotic things they are, shows just how ignorant people are on this subject. People don't want to see beyond the picture, they don't want to get involved, they might care but are just too busy to bother, they think it's just a consentual act and no harm done, or some just think the girls deserve what they get because of their lifestyle and don't have the brain to distinguish that all these girls and women are VICTIMS not CRIMINALS and have no idea that if one is truely lucky to GET OUT the life long consequences are horrific, we live with the past every day, it never goes away. I AM A SURVIVOR, A MOTHER, SOON TO BE GRANDMOTHER A DAUGHTER AND A GREAT FRIEND. MY PAST DOES NOT DEFINE ME, NOR DO I CARRY THE SHAME ANY MORE. I HAVE BEEN SPEAKING AS A SURVIVOR AT BREAKING FREE'S JOHN SCHOOL EVERY MONTH FOR OVER 3 YEARS I DONT GET PAID, AND I TRAVEL 150 MILES TO AND FROM ON MY OWN TO HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE. My past has made me the extremely strong, loving, empathetic,nonjudgemental and compassionate woman I am today. I truly believe I have made a difference in some offenders lives and have had numerous men shake my hand and say THANKYOU I NOW HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING. By the way, if I hadn't gotten out, I would have commited suicide, which I obsessed on all the time and did try to follow through with on more than one occasion. You see, I didn't have any loving family who gave a damn nor any friends whom I could trust with this part of my life. The shame I carried for so many years consumed me in self hatred WHY? Because I married my John from a sauna when I was just 27 young years old and I was so traumatized and screwed up by that point that at the time it seemed like my only option. Of course my mother never stood up to stop it and she knew he was a john, every one in my life like child protection, probation knew too and they did nothing to stop it instead they ALL agreed to it if I left the state and got out of their hair. In my case he used my children as bait to keep me for 15 years with threats of never seeing them again or him leaving and I would never know where they were and brainwashing me into believing that no judge would ever give me custody because of my past. Whenever I spoke of divorce with family I was told How dare you he's such a good guy no man in the world would have married you like you were and took on 2 kids. It took a great fall for me to realize I could no longer take any more abuse from anyone.... I am now divorced and have my kids with me and I am so much happier and most of all I am there physically and emotionally for my kids and I am a better mother than I've ever been. As for me. my past will never leave my head, I will never forget the horrific trauma and abuse I suffered at the hands of pimps and johns, I will have mental health issues for the rest of my life but today I can use my past to HELP OTHERS both men and women to help inspire them that if I can do it anyone can!

    June 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  59. Survivor

    WOW!!! I can believe what alot of these men and women are commenting on, that is why the problem will never go away. I should be saying I can't believe people are saying some of the most idiotic things they are, shows just how ignorant people are on this subject. People don't want to see beyond the picture, they don't want to get involved, they might care but are just too busy to bother, they think it's just a consentual act and no harm done, or some just think the girls deserve what they get because of their lifestyle and don't have the brain to distinguish that all these girls and women are VICTIMS not CRIMINALS and have no idea that if one is truely lucky to GET OUT the life long consequences are horrific, we live with the past every day, it never goes away. I AM A SURVIVOR, A MOTHER, SOON TO BE GRANDMOTHER A DAUGHTER AND A GREAT FRIEND. MY PAST DOES NOT DEFINE ME, NOR DO I CARRY THE SHAME ANY MORE. I HAVE BEEN SPEAKING AS A SURVIVOR AT BREAKING FREE'S JOHN SCHOOL EVERY MONTH FOR OVER 3 YEARS I DONT GET PAID, AND I TRAVEL 150 MILES TO AND FROM ON MY OWN TO HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE. My past has made me the extremely strong, loving, empathetic,nonjudgemental and compassionate woman I am today. I truly believe I have made a difference in some offenders lives and have had numerous men shake my hand and say THANKYOU I NOW HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING. By the way, if I hadn't gotten out, I would have commited suicide, which I obsessed on all the time and did try to follow through with on more than one occasion. You see, I didn't have any loving family who gave a damn nor any friends whom I could trust with this part of my life. The shame I carried for so many years consumed me in self hatred WHY? Because I married my John from a sauna when I was just 27 young years old and I was so traumatized and screwed up by that point that at the time it seemed like my only option. Of course my mother never stood up to stop it and she knew he was a john, every one in my life like child protection, probation knew too and they did nothing to stop it instead they ALL agreed to it if I left the state and got out of their hair. In my case he used my children as bait to keep me for 15 years with threats of never seeing them again or him leaving and I would never know where they were and brainwashing me into believing that no judge would ever give me custody because of my past. Whenever I spoke of divorce with family I was told How dare you he's such a good guy no man in the world would have married you like you were and took on 2 kids. It took a great fall for me to realize I could no longer take any more abuse from anyone.... I am now divorced and have my kids with me and I am so much happier and most of all I am there physically and emotionally for my kids and I am a better mother than I've ever been. As for me. my past will never leave my head, I will never forget the horrific trauma and abuse I suffered at the hands of pimps and johns, I will have mental health issues for the rest of my life but today I can use my past to HELP OTHERS both men and women to help inspire them that if I can do it anyone can!!!

    June 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  60. Yuveth

    This isn't new. When I was a kid .. and this was a LONG time ago.. I remember attending a church youth rally type venue .. and we watched a movie called the Minnesota Connection. It was about this same topic.. nothings changed.. if anything its gotten worse. Awareness is not enough... All the money that gets poured into the war on drugs .. which I S never going to go away ... could actually be used to help these children get off the streets.. and be safe. Law enforcement is stretched thing as it is .. and targeting people who want to smoke pot .. instead of helping a child get off the street and get these pimps and human traders off the streets – is purely bureaucracy at its finest.

    June 22, 2012 at 7:18 am | Reply
    • Cuervo Jones

      lots and lots of cop child molesters. about twice the average of other professions

      July 11, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
  61. suwit

    i think everybody help togetter

    June 26, 2012 at 9:52 am | Reply
  62. suwit

    i think everybody help togeter

    June 26, 2012 at 9:53 am | Reply
  63. Amerika

    Clearlty, America has become a nation of child rapists. Whether organized by PIMPS or corrupt unethical family courts.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
    • TOM

      Yeah- right – this only happens in America. This SICK SICK SICK sh is happening EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD!

      June 26, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
    • PState

      Don't forget about univeristies in Pennsylvania too.

      June 26, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • madame.cashmere

      This has been happening since humans have walked the face of the earth. Hello? anybody home?

      June 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • Qodariah

      Counted 70+ drink containers on the F3 rdaoside between Kariong and Somersby last Friday.Picked up a shopping bag full of containers at the local skate park in between kids soccer games on Saturday .. every day is clean up Australia day .. I think people are so used to seeing litter these days. It is very sad. 10 cent refund on containers could change this. It's definitely worth doing.

      August 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  64. Amerika

    America is a nation of child rapists. Whether organized by PIMPS or by corrupt family court lawyers and judges.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
  65. TOM

    EVERYONE needs to watch the movie (true story) WHISTLEBLOWER. A HORRIFIC, DISGUSTING look at this sick "trade". What is shocking is who is knowing involved & benefiting from this sick sh. UNREAL. Just UNREAL.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply
    • pauline dervish

      I bet the same names appear in the book "Trance" formation of america. You can get it at amazon.com. sick people they are,

      June 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  66. MikeRowe1525

    If you want to stamp out the pimps and johns, then go right to the heart of the problem. The parents are not innocent in this. Parents need to be held accountable for their children. There used to be a time when family values meant something. Parents letting their kids run around all hours of the night, giving them unrestricted access to temptations all starts at the home. The parents are responsible.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
    • TOM

      IN some cases – yes but DEFINATELY not all cases. Many of these girls are kidnanapped. Please see the moive Whistleblower.

      June 26, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
  67. Peter

    THIS IS ONE OF THE BIG PROBLEMS WE SHOULD HATE, NOT THE IMMIGRANTS.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • Bubba

      I agree. We should just eat illegals.

      June 26, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
  68. USAChildRape

    America... the ugly. We now produce MORE child rapists than manufactured goods.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
  69. IllegalsCauseThis

    Secure our borders, stop the influx of illegals, and child rape stops.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • Kara

      White people rape too buddy!

      June 26, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
      • Joshua

        empot September 30, 2009 sorry now ko lng nabasa. pero grabe 7 mtnohs na pala. hay hindi ko tuloy lam if maaagaw ko pa sya sau.pero hindi pa rin ako susuko. hahaha! seriously super happy ako for both of you.

        September 12, 2012 at 2:17 am |
      • Paola

        An alternative is to file every email iltediamemy, but to put a flag on those which need a reply; then to just work through your For Follow Up folder. This approach means there is no need to move emails first into the reply folder, and then move them again once you've replied to them though at the cost of having to set and later clear a flag.

        September 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
    • Voiceofchange

      Obvious troll is obvious

      June 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  70. Kara

    I am very grateful for our legal system. But at moments like this, I would be happier if they just lined them up and unloaded on them. I am getting so tired of all of these SICK people hurting children!

    June 26, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
  71. StopImmigration

    Illegal immigrants cause this problem. They like raping kids. Little Mexicans.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • madame.cashmere

      riiiight, so all the kids that were raped over thousands of years, Mexicans, hmmm? Wake up, please.

      June 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  72. RapedToo

    For many years, as a child (I'm a boy), I was tied down and raped in my bottom by my step-mother. Now, I am free from this, but make an effort to see her on holidays.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • terah

      If that is supposed to be a joke; it's not funny.

      July 8, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  73. Bubba

    Pimps? Where's my baseball bat covered in barbed wire? It's PIMP TIME.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
    • madame.cashmere

      I'm with you Bubba!!!

      June 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  74. Dorothy

    I agree with Tim's recent comment– there should be very stiff mandatory sentences for anyone exploiting or soliciting children. Additionally, I want to compliment and thank the FBI and CNN for their excellent work on this issue.

    June 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  75. MnTaxpayer

    So this is fine work. Worth the effort. But instead of waiting for these girls to get caught up in this life, why don't we figure out why they run away in the first place? Don't they have parents, grand parenys, siblings, friends, or OFFICIALS that they can turn to before they ruin their lives

    I'm sure they don't know what they are gettng in to, but for the most part they are making the first move by running away from home. Isn't there some way to PREVENT rather than rescue. I suspect the latter is much easier than the former.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  76. madame.cashmere

    You rape a child, you should get two in the back of the head. You engage in human trafficking – another dose of lead. Lead is a great deterred – it's cheap and effective and if you already have a death wish by living a crazy life, by all means, let us help you on your journey. Selling children? Raping 6 year olds? When are we going to say "enough" and start publicly castrating these animals – and make no mistake, they are animals and no, they cannot be cured – and if there are any politicians who don't go along with harsher penalties, then we need to examine their lives, their computers and find out what's hidden in their closets. Pedophiles are everywhere. That man from Texas who beat his daughter's molester to death? He needs a medal because he did the right thing. By killing the sicko, he prevented it happening again, to another child. The ends justifies the means.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  77. madame.cashmere

    Remember something, nothing stops people in their tracks like FEAR. This is what these monsters need to feel everytime they look at a child the wrong way. You touch my kid, I'm burying you out back and using your bones as fertilizer. End of Story.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  78. shabab

    Sharia is the solution to such problem......look at the world of islam and compare with yours, u live like animals....surely, islam is the best way of life.

    July 9, 2012 at 1:18 am | Reply
  79. ryan

    child predators need to be spotlighted more instead of the watered down, "safe news" CNN has put on lately. child predators should have no other chance in life and deserve no compassion. A man just received only 2 years in prison in NY for 48 counts of child molestation, because the judge respected the fact he pleaded guilty right away, which I guess CNN thought was too "inappropriate" to cover.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:54 am | Reply
  80. Dewa

    Posted on what about cutting the halndes off at the natural joint just below the heads, and then replacing them with spindles or plain wood that you have jigsawed and sanded into the right shape? you could use pegs and glue to hold the heads securely to the new halndes, and once it's all painted to the same color, whose to know they weren't always that way?

    August 4, 2012 at 3:29 am | Reply
  81. Kayla

    Dr Brian Neil Talarico and Dr David Kenneth Cochrane, have and continue to cause inreversible life threatening harm to Woman, Children, and the Vulnerable... These two Doctor's are paid by the governments to Kill people for Profit... Please Participate in any way you see fit to bring these two to justice. They both work at the North Bay, Ontario, Canada, Hospital, and Clinics,

    Kayla, Supervisor of the Registered Nurse's

    August 12, 2012 at 7:50 am | Reply
  82. Mastafa Piran

    Rahman Javanmardi
    فراخوان برای اقدام فوری: جهت نجات جان غلامرضا خسروی بە کمک جامعە بین المللی نیاز است

    خانوادە خسروی از طریق منابعی در زندان اوین با خبر شدەاند کە حکم اعدام در روزهای آتی، و به احتمال فراوان روز دوشنبه آینده ۲۰ شهریور بە اجرا درخواهد آمد. بر اساس منابع داخل زندان دایرە اجرای احکام در زندان اوین از جدول زمانی اعدام با خبر شدە است.

    علام رضا خسروی سوادجانی در حال حاضر در بند ٣٥٠ زندان اوین نگاهداری می شود. عبدالفتاح سلطانی یکی از وکلای این متهم نیز در حال حاضر درحال سپری کردن حکم زندان خود است. بر اساس گفتەهای خانوادە آقای خسروی کە چند روز پیش با وی ملاقات داشتەاند، این زندانی دارای روحیە بالا بودە و گفتە است تاکنون تاریخ اجرای حکم اعدام بە وی ابلاغ نشده است.
    ...

    محمود امیری مقدم سخنگوی سازمان حقوق بشر ایران ضمن محکوم کردن حکم اعدام این زندانی سیاسی گفت: " حکم اعدام برای آقای خسروی حتی بر اساس قوانین ایران غیر قانونی است. برای مثال یک فرد نمی تواند برای یک اتهام دوبار محاکمە شود". امیری مقدم افزود: "حکم اعدام در این پروندە و در این مرحلە تنها با دستور رئیس قوە قضائیە و یا رهبر جمهوری اسلامی ایران ممکن است متوقف می شود". ما از سازمان ملل و تمامی کشورهایی کە با ایران دارای روابط دیپلماتیک هستند تقاضا می کنیم کە از تمامی کانالهای ارتباطی خود استفادە کنند تا ایران حکم ناعادلانە خسروی را متوقف و ابطال نماید. ما همچنین از تمامی کسانی کە با سرنوشت خسروی آشنایی دارند می خواهیم تا بە این ناعدالتی واکنش نشان دادە و بە کمپین سرتاسری برای نجات وی بپیوندند".

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    September 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
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  85. Crimn

    Gosh, american people are so fat.

    No way you can rape pigs.

    July 29, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  86. gliese 42

    Thank you CNN

    June 20, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply

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