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Police Fight Sex-Trafficking with Unlikely Partners

Human trafficking is challenging illegal drugs as the most profitable criminal enterprise. In Chicago, A growing number of missing person are children, causing police to realize they can't fight alone. Read Transcript


Reporter: CHICAGO'S

BEAUTY ATTRACTS MORE THAN

40 MILLION VISITORS A YEAR.

THE CITY OFFERS MORE THAN

200 THEATERS, A MAGNIFICENT

MILE OF HIGH-END SHOPS, AND

26 MILES OF LAKEFRONT.

BUT THAT BUSYNESS AND BEAUTY

ALSO BRINGS AN UGLY SIDE TO

THE BIG CITY.

WE'VE GOT OFFICERS THAT

REALLY CARE.

Reporter: CHICAGO

POLICE ARE WORKING TO SOLVE

MORE THAN 220 MISSING

PERSONS CASES, AND A GROWING

NUMBER OF THOSE ARE

CHILDREN, BEING TRAFFICKED

FOR SEX.

IT JUST GETS TO ME

SOMETIMES.

NOT SOMETIMES, ALL OF THE

TIME.

TRYING TO RESCUE THESE KIDS

AND THE CONDITIONS THAT

THEY'RE IN.

DEHYDRATED.

YOU CAN SEE THEIR RIBS.

THEY'RE STANDING THERE, NO

SHOES.

EYES BLOODSHOT RED, AND BODY

HAS BEEN USED.

Reporter: FIGHTING THIS

CRIME WAVE TAKES MORE THAN A

GUN AND A UNIFORM.

YOU NEED STREET

PERSPECTIVE.

THAT'S WHERE ANDREW HOLMES

AND FORMER COP, CARLOS

RODRIGUEZ, COME IN.

WHEN WE'RE ON THE

STREETS, WORKING SIDE BY

SIDE WITH THE CHICAGO POLICE

DEPARTMENT, PROVIDING THEM

INFORMATION, THEY KNOW

CHILDREN ARE INVOLVED.

A POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL

TAKE A LOT OF CALLS, BUT

WHEN IT IS A CHILD, THAT IS

A SORE SPOT FOR ANY POLICE

OFFICERS.

Reporter: BOTH NOW WORK

WITH PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS

WITH MORRISON SECURITY.

SHE FITS THE PHYSICAL

DESCRIPTION OF A 14-YEAR-OLD

THAT MIGHT BE MISSING OUT

THERE.

Reporter: AND THEY LEAD

THE FIRM'S VOLUNTEER EFFORT

TO RESCUE VICTIMS OF SEX

TRAFFICKING.

CARLOS AND ANDREW,

THEY'RE THE REAL ROCK STARS

OF THIS WHOLE THING.

THEY'RE MY HEROS.

Reporter: SEAN MORRISON

OWNS THE BUSINESS AND

DOESN'T CHARGE VICTIMS'

FAMILIES FOR THE

SEARCH-AND-RESCUE.

WE SEEM TO HAVE BEEN

CALLED TO THIS.

PEOPLE SAY, WHY DO YOU DO

THIS?

MY RESPONSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN,

IF WE DON'T DO IT, WHO IS

GOING TO DO IT?

WE HAVE A PHONE CENTER,

1-800-YOU TELL US.

AND A LOT CALL OUR CENTER

BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO

CALL THE POLICE BECAUSE

THEY'RE AFRAID.

WERE YOU ABLE TO RUN THAT

THROUGH OUR PHOTO

RECOGNITION?

Reporter: THEY TAKE A

CALL ABOUT A MISSING

16-YEAR-OLD AFTER TALKING TO

POLICE.

WE FIGURED, WE'LL TRY TO

TAKE THIS GUY DOWN AND

RESCUE THESE KIDS FIRST.

Reporter: AND SCOURING

ONLINE SEX ADS.

SHE WAS ON THIS MORNING,

THIS GIRL.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURES

OF HER, HER BODY IS NOT EVEN

DEVELOPED YET.

Reporter: THEY FOLLOW A

LEAD TO A NEARBY HOTEL.

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS

GENTLEMAN COMING IN HERE

LATE AT NIGHT?

WHEN SOMEBODY CALLS US

AND SAYS, MY CHILD IS MIG,

MISSING, WE CAN'T SAY, WE'LL

GET BACK TO YOU TOMORROW.

WE HAVE TO DROP EVERYTHING.

Reporter: ONE DAY AFTER

RECEIVING THAT CALL, CARLOS

AND ANDREW TRACK DOWN THAT

MISSING GIRL AT AN ABANDONED

HOUSE ON THE CITY'S SOUTH

SIDE.

THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

INSIDE WHAT IS KNOWN AS A

TRAP HOUSE.

IT IS A BED BACK HERE.

THEY'LL COME UP HERE.

THIS IS WHERE THEY SLEEP IN

AT NIGHT.

IT NEVER GETS OLD BECAUSE

THERE IS ALWAYS ANOTHER

ONE.

BUT TO DELIVER HER

HAND-IN-HAND TO HER FAMILY,

OH, IT MEANS SO MUCH TO ME.

IT MEANS GLORY TO ME.

MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN

ANSWERED.

Reporter: ANDREW

REUNITES THIS VICTIM WITH

HER UNCLE.

HOW AM I FEELING RIGHT

NOW?

I FEEL SO BLESSED RIGHT

NOW.

MY DAUGHTER JUST GRADUATED

YESTERDAY.

AND THIS IS JUST ANOTHER

BLESSING IN ITSELF.

Reporter: THIS DAY'S

HAPPY ENDING BECOMES THE

LATEST OF MORE THAN 85

RESCUES PERFORMED BY THE

SECURITY FIRM.

OUR FIRST MISSION IS TO

RESCUE THESE CHILDREN FROM

OFF THE STREETS AND GET THEM

BACK TO THEIR FAMILIES OR

BACK TO AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE

THEY HAVE SAFETY.

OUR SECOND MISSION IS TO

EDUCATE.

ALL OF THIS IS PRIVATE.

ALL OF THIS IS OFF LIMITS.

Reporter: JUST HOURS

LATER, ANDREW HEADS AGAIN TO

THE CITY'S SOUTH SIDE, THIS

TIME WARNING CHILDREN AT THE

SOUTHSIDE WORSHIP CENTER

ABOUT THE DANGER.

WE HAD NO IDEA IT WAS

HAPPENING RIGHT HERE.

Reporter: THE CHURCH'S

PASTOR, TITUS LEE, MAKES IT

HIS MISSION TO EDUCATE THE

ADULTS.

HE EVEN TURNED A BIBLE CLASS

INTO A CLASS ON SEX

TRAFFICKING.

WE MUST BE PROACTIVE, WE

MUST BE VOCAL, AND WE MUST

ENGAGE.

Reporter: THE PASTOR OF

A YOUNG CHILDREN SAYS HIS

EYES ARE CERTAINLY MORE

WATCHFUL NOW.

WHEN I SEE A YOUNG GIRL

WALKING WITH HER EYES DOWN,

I WONDER, WHERE IS HIS

HOME?

IS SHE OUT HERE WANDERING,

OR IS SHE UNDER SOMEONE

ELSE'S CONTROL?

OR IS SHE HEADED THAT WAY

WITHOUT INTERVENTION.

WHEN I SEE THEM ON THEIR

CELL PHONES, WHO ARE THEY

COMMUNICATING WITH.

THEY ARE VICTIMS AND

PROBABLY VICTIMIZERS, IN THE

COMMUNITY AND/OR THE

CHURCH.

Reporter: AND WHILE

MORRIS SECURITY HAS RESCUED

MANY, MANY POTENTIAL TARGETS

REMAIN ACROSS THE CITY.

THEY COVER THE WHOLE

SPECTRUM FROM "A" TO "Z," AS

FAR AS WAC GROUND.

BACKGROUND.

SOME ARE EDUCATED, SOME ARE

NOT EDUCATED.

Reporter: HUMAN

TRAFFICKING IS A SPEEDING

TRAIN, MOVING FASTER THAN

EVEN POLICE CAN EVEN TRACK.

AND THEY SAY ITS PROFIT

ENGINE COULD SOON OVERTAKE

THE DRUG TRADE.

EFREM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS,

CHICAGO.

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