Human Trafficking, a Reality in El Paso

Monday, October 17, 2011 - 6:29pm

EL PASO - Human trafficking is a reality in communities across the country, but El Pasoans have an added risk because of our proximity to the border.

Many children who are stolen are used for child porn.

One expert says communicating with your kids could save their lives.

"They have to be on their kids 24/7 they need to be totally involved with every aspect of their life," Reid said.

Dr. Gregory Reid has spent years researching and investigating the industry of human trafficking and says the predators aren't always who you'd suspect.

"They're neighbors, they're family members, they're involved in the church, they're involved in Boy Scouts. They could be in public places and parents need to be totally involved in every aspect of their lives and have that communication going," Reid said.

Dr. Reid says the darkest of all human trafficking is when kids and teens are kidnapped for child pornography.

He calls this the selling of souls because the lives of children are taken away.

"They'll be used for pornography until they are no longer of an age where they're interesting to pedophiles or people that spend a lot of money on those things. When they get a little bit older they become what's known as a mule and they procure other kids," Reid said.

It can take decades if ever, for a child who was used for child pornography to talk about their past.

The chance of a family ever seeing their kids again is slim to none and because El Paso is on the border...

"We're more vulnerable to the conduits and the trafficking that go through here," Reid said.

"Selling Souls, The Darkest Side of Human Trafficking" conference is coming to El Paso October 22, 2011.

The conference will be conducted by Dr. Gregory Reid at the Life Gate Church (10555 Edgemere Blvd.) from 9 a.m. To 4 p.m.


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