Former U.S. Sex Trafficking Victim Shares Plight

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A video broadcasted Tuesday on CNN highlights the very real affects of America's underground slave trade. "Melissa" started off as a teen runaway and soon found herself at the mercy of a pimp who forced her to sleep with men for her food and lodging. Before her escape, "Melissa" was one of an estimated 25,000 women who have been forced into the sex trafficking industry in the U.S.


According to UNICEF, over one million children are trafficked annually worldwide. This means that one to four million kids are falling into slavery every year and each day more children are forced to become sex workers or someone's labor slave.

To learn more about the human trafficking trade and what you can do to help the victims of sex and labor slavery, check out "Ten Things You Should Know About Human Trafficking" at

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