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Charlotte a 'great' hub for sex trafficking?

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Jillian Mourning wanted to become a model- she never imagined she'd become the victim of sex trafficking.

"I held my reputation at the time in such a high stronghold, I made great grades in college, I was a straight A student, I never tried drugs," said Mourning.

But Jillian's Charlotte modeling manager had an ulterior motive. Jillian says he and two men raped her and videotaped it. The nightmare ended after her so called manager went to prison on other charges.

"I didn't tell anyone for four years and it's horrible feeling to keep inside," said Mourning.

Jillian's story is a familiar one to FBI special agent Shawnda Drummond who investigates child prostitution. She says pimps prey on young people in places like malls, libraries and the internet.

"They just approach the girl, wine them and dine them, sweet talk them, promise them things that they won't fulfill." Said Drummond.

The FBI says Charlotte's become a hub for sex trafficking because of great interstates, a large airport, size and location. Agent Drummond says communities lack the awareness needed to help prevent these crimes.

"If you notice that a child is in trouble, you see your child coming home with money that can't be accounted for, you need to start asking those pertinent questions," said Drummond.

Jillian started a non-profit - All we want is love -- hoping to take the message of sex trafficking to schools.

"For kids who are going through this, that's even more horrible," said Mourning.

That's why agent Drummond says parents should monitor their children closely.

"Parents can't be around all of the time but we need to be checking on our children, checking their devices, so we can be aware of who they're talking to and what they're getting involved in," said Drummond.

The FBI says nearly 300,000 American kids are at risk of sex trafficking. But over the past 10 years, the FBI has recovered more than 2,700 children from the streets.

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