WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- More than 1,000 children are sold for sex throughout the United States each year. The sex trade can bring in a child as young as 13 years old. While some states are working hard to combat the problem, others have a long way to go. Delia Goncalves told us where DC, Maryland, and Virginia stand when it comes to combating child sex trafficking.
It was just 2 short years ago that Brianna Myers narrowly escaped the twisted world of sex trafficking that started with a charming guy and an offer to become a stripper. Now Brianna and others are sharing their stories.
In its second annual report, the non-profit Shared Hope International graded states based on child trafficking laws. Unfortunately, Maryland scored a D. DC and Virginia scored an F.
Det. Bill Woolf with Fairfax County Police helps train police nationally on how to combat child sex trafficking. He says it's a perception problem, that girls like Brianna Myers are not simply runaways or prostitutes, but victims who need to protection from predators.
Shared Hope International has been raising awareness and training on child sex trafficking since 1998.