Many people think sex trafficking only happens on foreign shores. But here in America, sex slavery is thriving. Perhaps most astounding is that the average age for these girls’ entrance into the sex industry is 12-14 and the vast majority of those in prostitution have no other options for survival. In this episode, investigative journalists Mariana van Zeller and Darren Foster go undercover and explore the world of sex trafficking in the United States. They gain an insider’s perspective from victims and hit the streets with law enforcement and volunteer organizations who are on the front lines fighting to stop this horrific crime.
Mariana and Darren begin their journey in North Carolina with Mark and Aimee, two volunteer outreach workers who assist victims of sex trafficking. Among prostitutes, reportedly 75% percent are selling themselves because a pimp is making them do it. When Mariana and Darren join Mark and Aimee for a night on the streets, they experience firsthand the battle against the pimp’s influence – and how dangerous that fight can be.
Tonight on Inside Secret America: American Sex Slave Mariana and Darren meet with several girls – girls who are victims of the sex industry, women who are still in the game, and survivors who were lucky enough to narrowly escape the game. No two stories are alike on American Sex Slave. Americans everyday are being sold like livestock, forced against their will, and most go undetected by the public eye. Join Mariana and Darren as they go face to face with the women that have suffered this industry and the men behind the crimes on tonight’s Inside Secret America: American Sex Slave.