Sex trafficking survivor speaks out in hopes of bringing change

PHOENIX - Women and young girls right here in the Valley are being sold for sex.

And it's happening more than you think.

During the Super Bowl, Arizona State University researchers screened about 1,300 ads on an adult website. Nearly all of the ads were for prostitution.

Of those, 80-percent were advertising potential trafficking victims.

The McCain Institute sponsored the study.

Those who have lived through it say it's an everyday problem and doesn't just happen when big events come to cities like Phoenix.

When Carolyn Jean Jones ran away from home as a teenager her life changed forever.

"I traded my body for $100 at 15 years old. And that was a way to survive," Jones said.

She became a victim of human traffickers who prey on children and women who feel like they have nothing left.

"It's a situation where you feel trapped. This is all they know now. Normal is now abnormal," she said.

She's been stabbed and even shot.

Years later, the pain still follows her where ever she goes.

"This scar is nothing," she said, pointing at her chest. "This scar that you can see is nothing compared to the scars you cannot see."

But now she's speaking out for other victims in hopes she can help them become survivors.

"It's time for everybody, everybody to say-- not on my watch, that's not okay," she said.

Carolyn says pimps and traffickers have moved off the streets and on to the internet, where a new generation of children are being lured into their trap.

"When people see you walking out here, they go look at that ho, look at that prostitute. They don't see that broken little girl that was molested, they don't see that girl that was struggling," Jones said.

With a big event like the Super Bowl around the corner, all eyes are on the problem.

But Carolyn says it's much bigger than that.

"Long after the Super Bowl leaves here, this is going to be an issue. Then what are we going to do?" she said.

So she keeps reliving her past in hopes it will save someone else from so much pain.

"There was a time I walked these streets and didn't feel fit enough to live. But I found something I'm willing to die for. I'm willing to die for any one of them young girls," Jones said.

Carolyn now works at Streetlight USA , an organization that helps rescue young girls from sex trafficking.

Some are as young as 11 years old.

Carolyn is going to the state capitol next week in hopes of getting tougher anti-trafficking laws passed.

Lawmakers are working on several bills to find the people who are posting the ads.

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