AP - Human trafficking. Young girls have been sold by their father to visiting hunters for sex in exchange for money to buy Christmas presents in Bradford County.
Women have been transported from Canton to Williamsport to be sold to men there or decide to offer themselves within the county for sex in exchange for money to pay rent or to fund their struggle with addiction. Of these cases, 87 out of dealt with sex trafficking specifically, while 98 of the incidents were against women. Pennsylvania has staggered on the list of cases of human trafficking each year, being named the 11th highest state for trafficking in16th highest inand 14th highest in Though there has been one incident of an organized prostitution bust at Green Tea Massage and Spa in Athens Township many years ago, according to Clink, the much more active type of prostitution locally are isolated incidents such as where buyers use the internet to find prostitutes.
He was involved in arresting 12 individuals when the department posted a fake profile in efforts to bring individuals soliciting sex in the area through online sources to justice. Though rural Bradford County has presumably far fewer incidents of prostitution and human trafficking than areas with bigger populations, one could do a quick Craigslist search and see individuals seeking or offering sex in Athens, Sayre, Towanda, Troy, Canton, even Ulster and Gillett.
The difference between prostitution and sex trafficking is a thin line, and what it boils down to is consent. Unlike prostitution, sex trafficking happens when men or women are sold for sexual favors and do not have a choice.
They either have children that are hungry or for themselves. They traffic their kids for drugs, they traffic their kids for rent money, they traffic their kids for whatever. While the causes of prostitution and human sex trafficking are many and should not be over-simplified, Barrett, Clink and Colton all pointed to two contributing factors to prostitution and human trafficking that are relevant in Bradford County - drugs and pornography addiction. It is an addiction.
Drugs bring prostitution. It makes people do crazy things.
And even men. And a lot of it, the root of the problem, is pornography is what gets them started. It could be you or I. It kind of can be anybody.
als of human trafficking or prostitution often arise in hotels or medical settings, but Miller said people should be aware if they encounter individuals that appear subdued, seem to be with someone who will not let them out of their sight or are speaking or handling money for them. But turning a blind eye could come at the cost of a victim, adult or child, suffering longer.
Miller also encouraged individuals with concerns to call the Polaris hotline, which is a non-government organization that works to combat human trafficking. Manage Newsletters.
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