Predators turn to social media to lure teenagers into sex trafficking

Trafficking can start easily as a message to a young girl on a social media app like Instagram, Snapchat or Kik.

“On the surface, this can look innocent. It can look like kids being kids. You don’t know that the stranger you are talking on the other end is telling you the truth about who they are or what they intend to do,” DeVine told News 2.

The average age for girls being brought into sex trafficking is just 13; for boys, it is even younger.

In Tennessee, if someone is under that age of 16, they are not charged with the crime of prostitution. They are considered victims by the court system.

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