Sex Trafficking of Americans: The Girls Next Door

Contributed By Lisa Thompson

The article below by Amy Fine Collins plunges into the depths of a Connecticut sexual trafficking case. To say it is a harrowing account is an understatement. The acts perpetrated will make you shudder at their raw evil. Thankfully, in this case, the American justice system worked flawlessly and the traffickers are being duly punished, and the victims are moving on with their lives.

What I’d like you to especially note as you read this piece are the various types of grooming tactics used by the pimps. Understanding the types of physical and psychological control pimps/sex traffickers use to condition/control their victims is critical to helping victims break free and heal.

Additionally, please note the discussion of “johns” — the sex buyers. It seems there are a lot of male sex buyers out there . . . in every stripe imaginable. If we ever want to end sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of women, we must do more to inspire men to live lives that reject the commercial sex industry and the purchase of sex in any form. Helping one man to stop buying sex could save countless numbers people from a life in the sex trade. And if that number were 12, 50, 100, 1000, think of the impact we can begin to make. My friends, this is the heart of the battle — the battle for men’s hearts.

For inspiration please visit the MST Project website at:



Vanity Fair

By Amy Fine CollinsPhotographs by Larry Fink

WEB EXCLUSIVE May 24, 2011

Sex Trafficking of Americans: The Girls Next Door

Even as celebrity activists such as Emma Thompson, Demi Moore, and Mira Sorvino raise awareness about commercial sex trafficking, survivor Rachel Lloyd publishes her memoir Girls Like Us, and the Senate introduces a new bipartisan bill for victim support, the problem proliferates across continents, in casinos, on streets, and directly into your mobile device. And, as Amy Fine Collins shows, human trafficking is much closer to home than you think; victims, younger than ever, are just as likely to be the homegrown American girl next door as illegally imported foreigners. Having gained access to victims, law-enforcement officials, and a convicted trafficker, Collins follows a major case that put to the test the federal government’s Trafficking Victims Protection Act.



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