As more kids are spending time on the internet at home during the COVID-19 shutdowns, online sex trafficking has doubled.
“With that, there’s been an uptick in reports of children sold for sex by their own parents and relatives,” host Sharyl Attkisson reported Sunday on “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson.”
Chief Inspector Floriano Whitwell, who heads up sex offender investigations for the U.S. Marshals Service, defined child trafficking.
“Generally speaking within our law enforcement community, it’s trading or selling a child to perform sexual acts for monetary gain or services,” he said.
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