Human Trafficking: Hidden in Suburbia

Watchful neighbors are on the front lines in a fight to weed out these modern-day slavers.

By Sherri Lonon (Patch Staff) - May 28, 2016 12:44 pm ET

A teenage girl walking down the street in nothing but a bra and panties raised alarm bells for residents of suburban Lutz, Fla. The 13-year-old was a human trafficking victim from Maryland, brought to Florida.

Neighbors who spotted the girl wandering in nothing but her underwear on a fall day in 2010 alerted authorities, officials say.

“The red flag was the neighbors,” Pacso County Sheriff’s Detective D. Boyer told Patch, pointing out the need for residents to report suspicious activity...