It’s shocking to learn that Sacramento is one of the top five cities in the country suffering from human trafficking, and it’s not slowing down. According to the FBI, of the nation’s top five worst cities experiencing the epidemic of child trafficking, Sacramento is second on the list. Girls as young as 12-years-old — children desperate for love — are being preyed on by pimps.
“Obviously these are children that are being victimized,” an undercover Sacramento police officer said. “You’re dealing with kids living on the streets that don’t eat that often sometimes and don’t have a place to stay. It’s survival for them.” The pimp becomes the new father figure, the officer says. But when they’re rescued by the task force, they often go back on the street within days. “For whatever reason it is, they stay in that lifestyle and run back to that lifestyle,” the officer said.
However, not all hope is gone. A Sacramento nonprofit organization, Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH), is led by volunteers, Sacramento police officers and former prostitutes. Organization co-founder Sacramento police Sgt. Cindy Stinson says they’ve helped rescue hundreds of women by doing peer-to-peer mentoring. “You see them now, clean and sober and with a job, and some going to school, it’s powerful,” said Stinson.
Learn more at Ron Jones’ CBS Sacramento article: Sacramento 2nd Worst City In U.S. Among Human Trafficking.