Police: ‘Every 16-year-old girl in Fresno’ has been targeted by sex trade recruiters

By Rory Appleton, The Fresno Bee

It was about 2 p.m. on a Tuesday when the 15-year-old girl left her central Fresno hotel room. She climbed into a car driven by a stranger, who would take her to another stranger with whom she had agreed to have sex for money.

If it had been a few minutes later, the girl could have easily blended in with children walking home from school. She was not dressed provocatively; she wore a red Fresno State sweatshirt and jeans. She was not wearing excessive makeup. She carried a backpack.

Who knows how many times she had followed this pattern – strange men and strange cars. Online advertisements showed her in various states of undress. (Read full article)

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