Tonight on ABC: Selling American Girls Into Sexual Slavery
Tonight's ABC News Primetime Live will air a domestic trafficking story about American girls sold into sexual slavery here in the United States. The piece features Norma Hotaling, founder of SAGE, a non-profit that aims to bring an end to the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adults. Hotaling, an ex-prostitute, also teaches a class to men who are caught soliciting women and girls for sex. Here's a piece I wrote about Hotaling and the class in March 2005.
The story airs tonight at 10:00 pm EST/PST.
Norma Hotaling, SAGE Founder and Executive Director, has been working with Primetime on this story for several months now. The show will focus on two young women ripped from their lives by violent pimps, held in horrific situations and then rescued by persistent heroes. The story definitively portrays the reality that trafficking of American women and girls is happening right here on American soil.
"I was assigned this story in late August 2005. After several weeks of research, I reached out to Norma, given her expertise in this area. Norma and her work and the work of other organizations like SAGE have informed the way I perceive this horrific problem. I want to thank Norma Hotaling for her tremendous work in this area and for helping to inform the way in which we are reporting this story."
-Mark Stanoch, ABC News Primetime Live Producer