Rob, a new Defender, recently did his part to try to save a potential victim of sex trafficking.
At church, Rob’s pastor spoke about Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. Listening to his pastor, Rob felt the spiritual and emotional weight of what he was hearing. “We were sitting there, with our jaws dropped,” said Rob.
His pastor gave him a copy of Renting Lacy, and he couldn’t put it down.
A couple days later, Rob was sitting at a stop sign, about to turn onto the highway to go to the gym. He looked to his left, and that’s when he saw her. She was wearing baggy clothes, and pulling a bright red suitcase behind her. She looked like a runaway. She couldn’t have been more than 14 or 15 years old.
As he merged his vehicle onto the highway, Rob kept thinking about what he’d learned after reading Renting Lacy. He knew he had to go back. He got off at the next exit, and circled back to where he’d seen the girl.
By that time, she was sitting at a Chevron station with her belongings, sipping a soft drink. Rob felt inside that something was different—something wasn’t right about her situation. “She had a look in her eyes that said her innocence was lost,” said Rob. He called 9-11. The dispatcher told him two sheriff patrol cars were headed to the scene.
Twenty minutes later, the girl had already left, and Rob saw the two law enforcement officers speed past the Chevron.
He often wonders what happened to the young girl, whether the police managed to save her, or whether she became another domestic minor sex trafficking victim…
If you are in a scenario like Rob found himself in, don’t hesitate to call the police. They will get help for the girl.