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Liam Neeson

Consenting prostitutes or trafficked victims?

Consenting prostitutes or trafficked victims?

This isn't the movie "Taken." Liam Neeson isn't going to show up in a black Audi and Versace suit to rescue his innocent victim daughter from gun-wielding Albanian mobsters. Sex trafficking across America is a more clandestine activity, hidden within the commercial sex industry that has flourished in our country for decades, as well as in plain sight under the veneer of legitimate businesses.

Understanding the reality of sex trafficking begins with insight into the market, as well as the perpetrators, victims and customers. The difficulty lies in distinguishing consenting prostitutes from sex-trafficked victims.

Today, commercial sex is advertised both in the...