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By Peter Granitz

Former child sex slaves are telling members of Congress they want the government to do more to stop child prostitution.

Asia is 20 years old and has lived in the Washington area for a year. She never expected to move here. Her pimp in Milwaukee, Wisconsin put an ad for her on Craigslist in Washington, D.C.

Another pimp in College Park responded and paid for her fare to the area. She’s hoping lawmakers ban online postings for sex on sites like Craigslist.

"Whether it’s just casual sex, as he calls it, or trafficking, child abuse. It just shouldn’t be paid for anyway," says Asia. "It’s not a product. It’s not something you can buy and sell in stores."

Asia joined two other girls at a Capitol Hill hearing who were forced into child prostitution. Advocates estimate there are 100,000 new U.S.-born sex slaves in the country every year.

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