Police have nabbed nearly 70 girls under the age of 18 since Most of the girls were released to foster or group homes. Those are just the official figures; investigators think there are many more child prostitutes out there.
Pam Seyffert of the Sacramento Police Department. Surviving is basically what they're doing. Sacramento police are working with the FBI as part of a nationwide campaign to combat underage prostitution called Innocence Lost.
The goal of the program, which is now in almost 30 U. It is not uncommon for the officers on the unit to put in hour shifts. Oftentimes, their work is heart-wrenching.
Watch how investigators work to catch pimps ». Child prostitution is even tougher on the parents of these girls.
Roslyn and Sergio's daughter had been missing for more than two weeks. They waited for hours at police headquarters in hopes that their daughter would be found.
Vice squad officers found her in a downtown apartment with Bruce William Carter, a year-old man who police said had posed on the Internet holding fistfuls of cash. You don't realize how dangerous the Internet is.
Now, we got to keep her away from the Internet. Police say most of the appear on Craigslist, the popular and free Internet classifieds site, under a category named "Erotic Services. To help answer that question, Sacramento police made arrangements for CNN to interview a year-old girl who said she'd started selling herself as a prostitute at the age of I wanted to feel important," said the teen, who did not want to be identified.
She said she used Craigslist because it was free and she could post dozens of a day. Even though she understood the seriousness of what she was doing, she said she didn't care.
Craigslist executives said they abhor the fact that their site is being used for child prostitution but believe that the problem could be harder to track if they removed the category. Both legal experts and police say Craigslist bears no legal responsibility.
Undercover officers said the fact that the listings can be traced helps them pinpoint the girls and sometimes le them to pimps. For her part, Roslyn has a strong message for the man arrested in connection with her daughter's detention.
Every time he goes near my daughter, I'm going to call the police and have him put in jail. Even though they have more work than they can handle, vice officers hold out hope that they can save more girls from a life of prostitution.
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