Linda Smith, president and founder of Shared Hope International, who spoke on "Eradicating Child Sex Slavery: The Vision of Shared Hope International," at the College of Law, was featured in an interview on KJZZ radio on Friday, March 5.
Reporter Dennis Lambert asked Smith how serious the issue was in the Phoenix area.
"Two of last cases that I worked from other areas the kids were being moved here to Phoenix," Smith said. "One, she was sold to a pimp in Seattle. She was from a little rural community, an honor student from southwest Washington, and was sold to be brought in to be sold by the hour by the sex act here in Phoenix. I have another one, she was 12, and she also got to see this city."
Smith said the Phoenix area does not have a history of strong prosecution of customers and that the underage victim still is arrested as a prostitute.
You can listen to the interview here.