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Teen Sex Trafficking Knows No Boundaries
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Brenda Green, a Concerned Citizen working with Shared Hope, has one goal: to make teens aware of the lures, deception, and tricks used by sex traffickers so teens don't get lulled into the trap. Tuesday, June 26, she and Corrine Johnson led a very sobering and impactful presentation on a serious topic everyone should know more about.

Green herself was almost a victim when she was in her late teens or early twenties and living in Pueblo. She was approached when she was working in a restaurant. She nearly fell into the trap, but a good, strong, and supportive friend kept her from being ensnared in this terrible industry.

And make no mistake: it is an industry, and a lucrative one at that. It is ranks number two on the list of billion dollar industries. The commodity,young people, can be "sold" over and over again, which makes it very appealing for the traffickers, nearly as profitable as drug dealing. And with less severe legal penalties for people convicted of sex trafficking than those faced by drug lords, there's quite a draw for people who just want money and don't care how they get it.

Sex trafficking is defined as "when someone is tricked or forced into performing sexual acts for money, food, or shelter." This is not limited to the coasts. Denver is one of the top three hubs for sex trafficking. Colorado in general is a prime location because of the airports and the convergences of major highways in the state. In 2016, there were more than 1,000 known cases in Colorado alone, but this crime is present in every state in the union.

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