Imagine booking a hotel for New Years with your family to enjoy the holiday, and while you’re there, you save a teenage girl’s life by rescuing her from her pimp…because something didn’t look quite right.
On New Years Eve, Frederick resident Lapre Brown and her daughter had plans to spend the holiday together at a local hotel. Ms. Brown’s daughter had met a 16 year old girl while visiting. She noticed an older man accompanying her during her stay. It was soon realized that the little girl was a victim of sex trafficking.
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Lapre Brown could’ve chosen to turn a blind eye.
To turn her back.
To distrust her gut.
To mind her business.
To ignore her instincts.
Human trafficking happens here.
This incident poses a bigger question: Is Frederick a prime location for child sex trafficking?
Some say it’s an underground bazaar, what appears on the surface is subtle and easy to miss by the unsuspecting eye. Frederick, Maryland finds itself in the crossroads of highways and byways many times traveled, given that two major highways intersect here, and are easily accessible to two major cities, and, via I-95, to New York and Philadelphia. Hotels and motels are the favorite stomping grounds and familiar territory for sex trafficking — Frederick is no different.
So we ask, keep a discerning eye and let’s work as a community to keep our children safe and protected. No matter where they came from, their journey led them here to our city. Know the signs and stay vigilant.
If you or someone you know needs help or is a victim of sex trafficking, please contact the Heartly House here.
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