U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri says coordination between private area transportation operations is crucial in the fight against sex trafficking, especially since St. Louis has become a hub in the illegal trade.
The Ballwin Republican met Thursday with representatives from rail and bus companies, along with Uber and Lyft ridesharing services. During the closed-door meeting, they discussed ways that drivers and employees can spot potential trafficking victims, who are often underage and forced into the sex trade.
Wagner said the problem is growing, largely because it’s a money-maker for the criminals who exploit the victims. “This is a business, a multimillion-dollar human-trafficking business that is local, it is statewide, it is federal and it is international.”