Five alleged members of a Fairfax, Virginia-based offshoot of the Crips street gang ran a prostitution ring that recruited at least 10 high school girls, according to federal prosecutors and the FBI.
Law enforcement officials said some girls participated voluntarily while others were threatened, beaten or cut with a knife when they tried to quit or were hesitant to participate, according to an Associated Press story on the sex trafficking case.
The teenage girls were reportedly recruited through Facebook or approached on the street or at school.
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Human sex trafficking is a top priority focus for federal law enforcement. Children in their teens and younger are very often involved in these cases.
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