(Photos: Jennifer Simonson and Emily Haavik)

Bought and Sold

The new fight against teen sex trafficking


Advocates for kids are pushing for a new approach to combating underage prostitution: treating young people caught up in sex trafficking as victims, not delinquents. We embed in a police sting, visit a horse ranch for young victims of trafficking in Minnesota, and visit male sex-buyers in Seattle who are trying to change their ways. This documentary examines how police and lawmakers are increasingly turning to a public health approach to help vulnerable young people break free of sex trafficking. And it explores efforts to stop traffickers and buyers. More …



Producers: Sasha Aslanian, Stephen Smith, Emily Haavik, Kate Ellis
Editor: Catherine Winter
Digital Editor: Dave Peters
Executive Editor: Stephen Smith
Managing Director, Editor in Chief, APM Reports: Chris Worthington
Digital Producer: Andy Kruse
Associate Producers: Suzanne Pekow, Ryan Katz
Audio Mixing: Craig Thorson
Project Manager: Ellen Guettler
Researcher: Emily Haavik
Fact-checker: Eva Dasher
Special thanks: Liz Lyon, Samara Freemark

This program is part of a reporting collaboration between American RadioWorks and Reveal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Support for this program comes from Laura and John Arnold.


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