The I-95 Corridor which links New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC with Miami is a major conduit for human trafficking, a plague that has spread across this country [1A]. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as many as 100,000 children each year are victims of sex trafficking in the US.
Some 70% of trafficking incidents occur at truck stops. There, predatory pimps seek out desperate young girls and boys, often runaways [1B]. Most vulnerable are children between the ages of 12 and 14 from broken homes, with low self-esteem and a history of trauma [1C].
Given its nightlife and gambling, Jersey City is considered a trafficking hot spot [1D].
Though situated on the I-95 Corridor, Smyrna – a small town in Delaware founded before the American Revolution – would seem an unlikely location for a human trafficking operation. However, Smyrna police this week arrested James Walls and Sha Shen at the Kiki Spa for prostitution and human trafficking . Continue reading