The victims of sex trafficking are from every race, religion, neighborhood and ZIP code. Sold for Sex: A WGN News Special shows how some women survived the sex trade.
The victims of sex trafficking are from every race, religion, neighborhood and ZIP code.
One brave survivor from Chicago’s South Side was kicked out and living on the streets at the age of 17. But the people who offered her help and a place to stay had evil intentions. WGN News tells the harrowing story of her escape.Angelea Valenti said her sexual abuse started when she was three-years-old. She ran away at 12 and into the arms of a trafficker. WGN News tells her story of survival.
For months, WGN News has covered the opioid epidemic sweeping the country. WGN has also detailed stories of sex trafficking in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Addiction and desire for drugs overpower otherwise nurturing people. One mother repeatedly chose crack cocaine over her daughter, spiraling the young girl’s life out of control. The teen shared her story with WGN’S Medical Watch team.
No neighborhood is immune. A Cook County Sheriff reveals the locations of his most recent operations. But as law enforcement takes on sex trafficking, the focus has changed. Why? Because lawmakers know there is someone else pulling the strings. See their local efforts to curb the demand for commercial sex.