Sunday, January 23, 2011

"Selling the Girl Next Door" Tonight on CNN

"Judge finds hurdles to helping young victims of sex trafficking"
By Steve Turnham and Amber Lyon, CNN
January 23, 2011

"CNN Presents "Selling the Girl Next Door" Sunday, January 23 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN."

"Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) -- Every week, Judge William Voy of the Clark County Juvenile Court in Las Vegas holds a special session for underage sex trafficking victims picked up by police in Las Vegas.

Most are runaways, controlled by pimps. And every week Voy faces the same problem: where to put them. Under the law they're considered victims.

The right thing to do is get them help, but most times he can't, because there's nowhere to put them...

According to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there are anywhere from 100,000 to 300,000 underage girls being sold for sex in America.

For those hundreds of thousands of girls, according to a Justice Department report released in the fall, there are 50 beds in facilities capable of dealing with their complex and deeply entrenched problems.

For five years, Voy has been trying to change that in his city by building a specialized residential home for the hundreds of girls who go through his court every year.

"It's not a detention center, it's not an institution," says Voy, showing us architectural drawings on a vacant lot where the house would be built. "It looks like another wealthy homeowner in Vegas, right? And that's what we want it to look like. These kids are messed up in a lot of different ways. And they need a lot of help."

He has private donors willing to pay for the building and the land, but Clark County has so far refused to come up with the $750,000 needed to staff the place with uniformed officers."

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