Las Vegas is known for the glitz and glamor of the casinos, the spectacular shows, and the ever-present thought of doing something just a little naughty when you’re in town. From the go go-dancers to the legalized brothels just outside of town, from the scantily clad bartenders to the magic that is a Cirque du Soleil show, Las Vegas is a paradise for the more sensual senses.
The darker side of all this glitter is that from 1994 to 2012, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has identified 2,229 minor-aged (federally defined as those under 18 years of age) sex-trafficking victims working in the prostitution industry. In just the last few years, 238 minors, the youngest just 13 years old, were taken into some sort of protective custody.
With the promise of easy cash and a fun verve, what teenager doesn’t want to be a part of the glamor? Keeping minors safe from the choices adults are at-will to make is just a part of the problem. After being forced into prostitution, many girls, and boys, become too ashamed and frightened call out for help, even from their own families who are often the first to suspect that something may be deeply tormenting their children.
It is through proactive policing and the freedom from judgment that allows these children to contact UNITY ONE, Inc. in the same neighborhoods where they are preyed upon. In addition to its commercial and residential security duties throughout the Las Vegas area, UNITY ONE, Inc. has been on the forefront of various investigations to include multiple cases involving international sex trafficking, with one case lasting over three years and across multiple continents.