WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Sex trafficking is now pulling in more attention from our community, even the police.
Wilmington police are now training on how to spot sex trafficking survivors. It's a different approach since local girls or young women are usually mistaken for or choosing to be prostitutes.
Prostitutes are often forced and beaten by their pimps, similar to a domestic violence situation.
The women have no money and nowhere to turn and advocates say police need to know how to help.
Politicians are working on changing the laws in North Carolina. Right now, kids and teens can even be charged with prostitution and advocates say that's wrong because they're clearly victims.
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