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‘Traffickers don’t discriminate’: Advocates say San Antonio remains a hotspot for exploitation of children

Three have been lately saved this month as half of a nationwide FBI operation.

SAN ANTONIO — Three of the 84 youngster victims rescued in a nationwide operation to bust intercourse trafficking crimes this month have been discovered within the San Antonio space, in line with the FBI. 

The bureau says 225 victims in all have been discovered being exploited throughout “Operation Cross Country,” the youngest of which was 11. 

The FBI teamed up with different regulation enforcement companies for the operation. They would not, nevertheless, specify the place the three victims within the San Antonio/Austin area have been discovered, nor did they supply their ages past saying they have been adolescents. 

“Unfortunately, such crimes against both adults and children are far more common than most people realize,” FBI Director Christopher Wray is quoted as saying within the launch. 

Thirty-seven of the 84 children recovered have been actively lacking children, the DOJ stated. Three of the victims have been present in Houston. 

No different particulars about Texas cities have been launched. 

But advocates say human trafficking remains a disaster within the Lone Star State, and emphasize the significance of contacting authorities if you happen to discover one thing suspicious. 

In the Alamo City, Ransomed Life works to empower exploited youth via mentoring and counseling. 

“Children are being sold in our city,” stated April Molina, communications director with Ransomed Life. “That is the reality.”

She counseled the work of the FBI in serving to to avoid wasting dozens of victims this month. 

“I was not surprised by the numbers,” she added. “This is critically important work, and we are really happy to see that.”

Molina supplied the under map of San Antonio which highlights the children they served, together with the place they have been exploited or trafficked.

“It shows that they are everywhere, in every corner of the city,” Molina stated.

She stated trafficking is now not a difficulty restricted to youngsters who run away from residence.

“There is a risk of being trafficked for all kids who are on a phone, iPad or computer,” she stated. “Traffickers don’t discriminate, and phones make it very easy for them to access our kids.”

Molina, citing a native regulation enforcement company, stated the common age for victims within the San Antonio space is between 11 and 13, including traffickers intention to seduce and management. 

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