Arizona works to fight human sex trafficking

PHOENIX - Governor Jan Brewer launched her human trafficking task force this week.

Right now, Arizona gets a "C" grade for the state's ability to protect children from being victims in the sex trade business.

100,000 children in the United States are forced to sell their bodies for sex every year, and some of those children are in Arizona.

There is a group that rescues young teens from the streets. Streetlight USA was created in 2012. Since their creation, they've helped 49 girls back on their feet.

One volunteer, Carolyn Jean Jones, spent 30 years as a prostitute. She was just 15 years old when she started. She now volunteers to help counsel victims. She says a broken home and a lack of love and support pushed her to the streets.

"This is how I survived. This is how I got food. This is how I got clothes. It was walking the streets," said Jones.

But that survival came with a price, and she has the scars to prove it.  She's been stabbed, shot and even raped.  She finally reached rocked bottom when she lost her sister to the streets.

She was sitting at a bus stop on the corner of 7th Street and Van Buren wanting life to end.

"I felt like I had a moment of clarity. I screamed out to God for another chance. Give me a second chance to begin," said Jones.

After spending 10 years trying to get her life on track, she now dedicates her time counseling and speaking to young girls who are victims.

"It doesn't matter who I was in my past. My job now is to help them out," said Jones.

Streetlight USA is part of the new human trafficking task force. They have until September to present their recommendation on how the state can improve the ways they protect children.

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