Katie Rhodes

Human Trafficking
6:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Wagner Takes Aim At Publications Faciliating Sex Trafficking

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, speaks Thursday at the Old Courthouse downtown. Wagner is sponsoring a bill allowing prosecutors to go after publications like Backpage.com.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

There was a time when Katie Rhoades was sold for sex out of nightclubs, strip clubs, magazines and online websites. She was part of an estimated $45 million industry of what she called “selling human beings online.” 

“It’s a lot of money, said Rhoades, the founder of the Healing Action Network. “It’s a lot of economic incentive to keep this industry going.”

Rhoades said it’s crucial that third-party facilitators of prostitution are held accountable. That’s why she’s supportive of Rep. Ann Wagner’s legislation taking aim at publications advertising human trafficking.

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