But thanks to the FBI and Michigan State Police for taking down a few sex traffickers this week.
According to MSP Detective Sgt. Edward Price [no relation that I know of--Ed.], the teens were found in Detroit, Madison Heights, Ferndale, Clinton Township and across Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Price is assigned to the Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children Task Force, an FBI Task Force that investigates the exploitation of children by means of sex trafficking.
Price said investigators found a variety of sex toys, drug-related items such as "crack pipes," guns, laptop computers, clothes, underwear and high-heeled shoes and boots.
The 19 girls rescued in the sting ranged in age from 13 to 17. A dozen suspected pimps were arrested.
Price said the amount of sex-trafficking cases has steadily increased in Michigan.
"It's increasing," he said. "We have dope guys that have stopped selling drugs and have started selling human beings."
Price said investigators have seen known drug dealers switch to sex trafficking partially because they believe it's a less violent, but rich and thriving industry.
"We've also seen a lot of gangs getting involved," he said. "It's not new, but it's picking up. ... These cases are difficult to work, they have to be victim-centered."