According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, there is now an average of 78 sex trafficking cases every year in North Carolina, and Charlotte is the #1 city.
Lawmakers and local ministries are now stepping up the fight to combat this horrific issue.
NC lawmakers are working to pass Senate Bill 500, which would significantly increase the scope and penalties associated with sex trafficking crimes.
Last fall, Present Age Ministries joined forces with DSS and CMS to teach courses to seventh and eighth-grade students in Charlotte about sexual trafficking.
According to the ministry, there are at least five-hundred new ads are posted soliciting sex in Charlotte every day.
The new law and educational courses will both be largely aimed at combating these online solicitations, teaching kids what to look out for on social media, and making it a felony to solicit online.
This video produced by The National Geographic gives a raw look at the Human Trafficking problem in Charlotte, and how some women are rescued;
Here are some warning signs and things to watch for:
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