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Sex trafficking is a growing threat in D.C. area

Sunday - 10/9/2011, 12:00pm  ET

WASHINGTON - It's a growing crime that many in our area can't see -- the sex trafficking of teenage girls and boys.

Dr. Gary Jones, CEO of Youth for Tomorrow, a Bristow, Va., based home and school for at-risk youth, says sex trafficking is on the rise Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington and Culpeper counties.

"These girls are kept out of the sight of everyone. Other than law enforcement there are very few people that can see this," says Jones.

The FBI has ranked the Washington, D.C. area as the 14th worst place in the country for sex trafficking.

"It's a growing situation. It's like a cancer crawling across our nation," says Jones.

Youth for Tomorrow started a program three years ago that helps rescue sexually exploited teens. Jones says the program is now receiving girls from Maryland, Washington state and Florida.

WTOP's Kathy Stewart contributed to this report.Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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