By John W. The average age for a young woman being sold for sex is now 13 years old. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, " Children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day. Sex trafficking — especially when it comes to the buying and selling of young girls — has become big business in America, the fastest growing business in organized crime and the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally after drugs and guns. A pound of heroin or an AK can be retailed once, but a young girl can be sold 10 to 15 times a day.
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Juul Labs, the leading e-cigarette maker, says it has long been upfront about its determination to keep young people away from its vaping products. But its advertising strategy has assiduously cultivated young consumers, with great success. Social media has been a central factor in establishing Juul as a fad among teens. After the company halted its promotional social media postings in November , according to a Stanford study published in July , online posts using the hashtag Juul actually doubled.
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Each day brought a fight for food; each night a fight against predators who exploit the vulnerable. A baby in her arms and a toddler at her knee, Happy waits in the dusty street as we approach her shack. On our way here, a swarm of heroin addicts surrounded us in an alley, asking for money and offering us syringes.
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