The story is familiar from the work of Charles Dickens. A young person with little means is placed under the care of a family member who in turns sells or trades the young person to a man who is up to no good.
But the story of Connecticut's human sex trafficking ring is not as distant as 19th-century London. It's a story of right here, right now, maybe a girl you saw walking across the parking lot as you drove past a motel in the Meadows or on the Berlin Turnpike. She's young, and maybe even something about the way she's dressed makes you think, "She's a hooker." What might not occur to you is how young the woman is and how trapped into the trade. Some of those young women, right here, right now, have been bought and sold so that they can be forced to do a smaller, seamier version of the buying and selling of themselves. Leave your comments below e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.