Human trafficking, sex slavery a bigger problem in Detroit - FOX 32 News Chicago

Human trafficking, sex slavery a bigger problem in Detroit than you might think

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

Theresa Flores shares her story of survival after she was kidnapped and trafficked as a teenager, and how she and a state senator are now fighting to make Michigan law the toughest against human trafficking to keep other children safe.

"It's much more lucrative than the drug trade," explains Michigan State Senator Judy Emmons. "You buy an individual once, or you kidnap an individual, and you can sell that person over and over and over."

Young girls between the ages of 12 and 15 are typically targeted. Flores says it is happening in every zip code, and you can find traces of it online on certain websites.

"Every survivor that I have spoken to - across the country - has told me they have come through Detroit at one point or the other," Flores says.

Emmons believes the state could be ranked as high as fourteenth in the nation for human trafficking, and possibly even higher than that.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear Flores's story

If you suspect human trafficking is happening call the human trafficking hotline: 1-888-373-7888.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Child, 3, hospitalized after falling from second-story window

    Child, 3, hospitalized after falling from second-story window

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:31:18 GMT
    A 3-year-old child is receiving treatment at St. John hospital after falling from a second-story window in Detroit this weekend.
    A 3-year-old child is receiving treatment at St. John hospital after falling from a second-story window in Detroit this weekend.
  • Boy, 5, thrown from father's dirt bike and run over

    Boy, 5, thrown from father's dirt bike and run over

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:18:50 GMT
    Residents inside Northport Apartments in Macomb Township say that Sunday afternoon they saw a 27-year-old neighbor riding a dirt bike with his 5-year-old son along busy Garfield Road.Neighbors say they've seen him riding before -- but this time he had his child with him."The first thing that caught my eye was he was riding in his dad's lap," neighbor Tim Hale said. "And they were weaving throughout drainage ditches which are pretty steep." Macomb County sheriffs say the small, orange dirt bik...
    Residents inside Northport Apartments in Macomb Township say that Sunday afternoon they saw a 27-year-old neighbor riding a dirt bike with his 5-year-old son along busy Garfield Road.Neighbors say they've seen him riding before -- but this time he had his child with him."The first thing that caught my eye was he was riding in his dad's lap," neighbor Tim Hale said. "And they were weaving throughout drainage ditches which are pretty steep." Macomb County sheriffs say the small, orange dirt bik...
  • Flooding, power outages from latest round of storms

    Flooding, power outages from latest round of storms

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:14:26 GMT
    More flooding and power outages are being reported after the latest batch of storms.
    More flooding and power outages are being reported after the latest batch of storms.
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices