Reader's Digest looks into the sex slave trade that has "exploded across the globe during the past decade, and inevitably . . . has reached the United States." More disturbing are the "estimates of women and children smuggled into the United States run as high as 50,000 a year, and many are forced into the sex industry." Reader's Digest reports on two specific cases of young girls promised good jobs in the United States and then forced into prostitution once here. Fortunately, a bill signed by President Clinton in October, "allows for life imprisonment for those convicted of trafficking children into the United States for purposes of illegal sex." Despite harsher punishments, "the victims of this cruel trade can be rescued, but their lives can never be fully restored."
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