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When she was only 15 years old, a girl in Washington state ran away from home. Within 36 hours, she was lured into the sex trade. And for over 100 days she was trafficked, with sites like backpage.com advertising her as an 18-year-old escort. Two years later, that girl is 17, and back at home. Her mother is working tirelessly, trying to prevent other children from living the same story as her daughter. The mother’s name is Nacole. And with her help, a new law has passed in Washington state, requiring sites like backpage.com to obtain documentation proving that the escorts they advertise are at least 18.
Nacole joins us from Washington state. Andrea Powell is also here. She is the executive director of FAIR Girls, which seeks to prevent the exploitation of girls through empowerment and education. FAIR stands for free, aware, inspired and restored.