LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- In our 24-hour bright light city, there's a very dark human trafficking industry. According to Metro detective Chris Baughman, women and children are bought and sold for sex every single night in our own city, and the situation is only getting worse.
More and more sex shops are popping up in some of the city's most luxurious communities like Lake Las Vegas and Spanish Trail. Baughman says pimps are spreading their net far and smoothly catching their victims.
“They're looking for anyone's daughter,” said Baughman. “Any woman who can be charmed is who they're going after.”
Domestic trafficking usually happens as victims are promised educational help for college or even lucrative jobs in urban areas, such as Las Vegas. But the promises never materialize. Pimps start as boyfriends, wining and dining their victims. They then manipulate and pounce, cutting victims off from their families and threatening to kill if someone tries to flee.
They're starting with girls 16, 17. They're pulling them from high schools and putting them to work,” said Baughman.
Baughman recently went to a local high school to raise awareness about the manipulating signs of a pimp. He was shocked--more than a dozen girls came up to him to voice their concerns.
“We have to consider how many were afraid to walk in front of their friends and say something is happening to me,” Baughman said.