Message from SAGE
Please tune into CNN this Sunday, February 6, 2011 for “CNN Presents: Selling the Girl Next Door.” Airing at 8:00 pm EST and 5:00 pm PST, this documentary exposes how hundreds of thousands of girls under 18 are sold as sex slaves in the U.S. In a yearlong investigation, CNN's Amber Lyon reveals the devastating realities of the business of underage sex.
The CNN website has posted a video of CNN reporter Amber Lyon posing as a 12 year old girl for sale on the internet. Please cut and paste the following link into your browser to view this revealing video: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/
video/bestoftv/2011/01/19/siu. selling.the.girl.next.door2. cnn?iref=allsearch
Prostitution is often misperceived as a voluntary choice made by consenting adults. The reality is tragically different. The prostitution industry is fueled by the sexual exploitation of children. As of 2009, the FBI has estimated the average age of entry into prostitution in the U.S. as 12 years of age.
Every year, thousands of girls are recruited into prostitution, introduced to highly addictive drug use, and trafficked to major tourist cities across the United States. San Francisco’s historic Gold Rush roots in human trafficking continue to this day, making the City a prominent home to this exploitative, abusive and illegal practice.
A 2002 study by the San Francisco Coalition to End the Exploitation of Kids (CEEK) estimated that there are at least 3,000 prostituted children in San Francisco alone. Each and every one is a trafficking victim. And each and everyone one needs our help to escape their situations. They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes the support of the entire community to rescue a trafficked child.