Witnesses help human trafficking victim escape her tormentor in broad daylight
In a shocking piece of footage, a human sex trafficking victim is seen beaten and forced into a car in broad daylight outside of shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area.
Thankfully, witnesses at the scene intervened, allowing for the victim, 17, to escape from her tormentors. The victim was 16 upon initially being kidnapped, and had been held and abused for a year before finally escaping.
Good Samaritans does not even begin to describe the passersby who intervened in this dreadful incident, and in doing so saved the life of a human sex trafficking victim and secured a sentence of 59 years in prison for the 29-year-old man responsible.
The shocking footage, which emerged from the trial, can be seen here:
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Human trafficking may at first sound like a problem which we are insulated from here in the United States. However, estimates by the State Department place the number of trafficking victims in the US annually as between 14,500 and 17,500.
It is a real problem with real signs to watch out for, and it will not always be as obvious as in the above video.
While the signs will not be the same in all cases, some common ones include:
- Physical abuse
- Constantly appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Severe signs of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, stress, and paranoia
One must also be on the lookout for teenagers who hang out with mostly older and or gang affiliated “friends,” as they very well may be trafficking victims as well.