The Girls Next Door Lured Into Prostitution

In neighborhoods all across America, young children are forced and lured into prostitution.
3:00 | 02/26/14

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And we're going to take you into an electrifying drama on capitol hill today. The stunning fact in America. An estimated 300,000 children in the United States are vulnerable to sex traffickers, lured out of rough neighborhoods and out of good ones. And so often, they're just the children next door. ABC's Clayton Sandell on the call to action, tonight. Reporter: Lacy was just a Normal 12-year-old girl. He bought me a dress. And it was really special to me. It was like I felt like I was a like a princess. Like a queen or something. Reporter: He was a charming older guy she met at a party. He showered her with gifts and money. But soon, demanded something sinister in return. I was 13 when I started in the strip clubs. Reporter: First, making her strip for money. Then, in one life-changing moment, telling lacy she would sell her body for sex or else. My first night, I got in the car with three people. I was scared. I was nervous. I didn't want to do it. But I couldn't come back without any money. Reporter: But today, lacy came out of the shadows to capitol hill. Her real name is Stephanie. Sadly, my story of seduction and exploitation is not unique. Many girls go through what I did and much more. Reporter: She's urging lawmakers to toughen punishments for human traffickers, give police more tools to bust pimps and help get the lives of victims back on track. The FBI estimates 300,000 children in the U.S. Are victims of sex trafficking. And like Austin, they can be the kids next door. What a terrible feeling that is to feel like, 14, 15, 16, 17, your life is over. That no one's ever going to see you the way you want to be seen. Reporter: For a problem that is not going away, around the country tonight, there are signs like these, designed to help victims out of the shadows and put the traffickers that lured them there behind bars. Clayton Sandell, ABC news, Denver.

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