Social Media and Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is an ongoing battle in Toledo, but social media outlets have made it easier for children to become sex trafficking victims.

Officials say pimps and predators are moving from Facebook and Twitter onto Instagram to prey on victims who keep their profile public. They target social media profiles of troubled youth, offering girls a better life. The victims are hooked with the lure of having drugs or money, which creates a vicious cycle of physical, emotional and psychological abuse.

Social worker and advocate Jane Ginter said it is difficult for girls to bounce back from a life living from fears. Ginter works with The Daughter Project, a local organization that houses sex trafficking survivors. Advocate Jeff Wilbarger started the non-profit to help give girls a place to heal.

The Daughter Project, along with the work of Toledo’s FBI task force, stands as a beacon of hope for life after this tragic experience.

Learn more at Ashley Moser’s NorthwestOhio.com article: Sex trafficking victims found on social media outlets.

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