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How teens get involved in human trafficking

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Human traffickers usually target abused or runaway children who are on the street or who are considered "throw away youth," according to Lynn Caffery with the Tennessee Valley Family Services.

Caffery said teens usually get involved around the age of 15. She said the kids usually come from low income families or drug addicted homes and are looking for a way out when they get caught-up with the wrong people.

"When they hit the street trying to have a better life and money is placed in front of their face and they're like you can have this, you can have that and then they realize it's not that and by that time they're too far in to get out." said Caffery

Caffery said fear and threats usually make it hard for them to get out.

According to Caffery, human trafficking doesn't just involve sex. She said she looks at it as anything that involves using a person to make money, including someone who sells drugs for someone.

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