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Urban US sees rise in sex trafficking of children

Published on Apr 30, 2014 6:43 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Sex trafficking of children is growing in many urban areas of the United States, according to a survey report on Tuesday that underscored calls for more robust action.

Forty per cent of counties with populations higher than 250,000 reported an increase in sex trafficking of youngsters under 18 in the past two years, said the survey from the National Association of Counties.

Fifty-one per cent of like-sized counties said the problem has remained the same - while only 11 per cent of smaller counties reported an increase over the same period, and 77 per cent saw no change.

For all age groups, human sex trafficking was deemed "a major problem" by authorities in 48 per cent of all larger counties.

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