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Child Sex Trafficking Remains A Problem In Northern Virginia

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Fairfax County Detective Bill Woolf says nearly 40 girls in the northern Virginia area have been rescued from gang-related sex trafficking rings within the past year.

"What we're noticing is the emerging trend of gangs transitioning from traditional crime to sex trafficking basically because it's a lot easier for them with a higher profit yield," says Woolf.

He says the young ladies who are most vulnerable are the ones who come from dysfunctional families.

"Gangs also use varying methods to build their self-esteem," he says. "Sometimes they provide them with drugs, or money, or other things of value to them that they lack at home."

Woolf says parental involvement and simply eating family dinners together are good deterrents. But he's also advocating for tougher laws on the criminals who engage in sex transactions with minors.

Virginia received an F rating in a study on child trafficking by Shared Hope International.

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