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on the streets of detroit the fbi is taking a hard line on those who sell young girls. >> i'm looking for some young girls. >> how old are you? >> investigators are scooping up more and more teens. >> is she underage? 17. >> from michigan to the suburbs romeo pimps sell dreams to the naive and even the girl next door. >> you're a victim. >> don't judge a book by its cover. just because i live in a nice house doesn't mean i live a nice life. >> hello, mom?
>> it's an uphill battle for investigators trying to rescue children trapped and scared. >> we really are trying to help you. they have nowhere else to go. for us to say we want to get you out of this life, i don't know that they necessarily believe that. >> tonight msnbc goes under cover with the fbi in michigan rescuing the young and the lost caught in the grip of sex slavery in the motor city. tonight we visit the streets and suburbs of detroit, michigan, joining the fbi, state and local police as part of operation cross-country five, a nationwide dragnet to crack down on those who exploit juveniles in the sex trade. in the process we came across
the destroyed lives often left in the wake of human trafficking. >> thanks, everybody, for coming out. as you guys know today is the kick off for cross-country five. >> how are these undercover investigations initiated? >> oftentimes there's a number of different web portals we use. >> today much of the underground sex trade has moved off the street corner and onto the internet. investigators begin the operation by browsing online ads and setting up dates. >> calling to see if i could get some company. >> juveniles will never be listed as under age so police keep their eyes open for girls who look younger than 18. >> these are runaways we'll make the team aware of. >> fbi agent katie connell is the task force's victim specialist. >> they end up running away,
maybe at the bus stop. pimp looks at the bus stop, she needs to eat, offers that. in less than 24 hours she's working for the pimp. i don't think the general public knows the extent of the problem and issues, and i'm not sure they want to see that. there isn't a lot of answers to how we help. >> the first step, finding out who they are. >> undercover officers make contact with one woman who seems quite young. the woman directs the undercover to a clean and quiet hotel complex in the suburbs. >> building nine, room 12. it's going to be a black male with a white hat and carhart jacket. >> the lead team spots a man walking around the parking lot. they suspect he may be the pimp. back-up officers listen
carefully to the undercover's wire. >> follow us, i'm going to a take the male. he'll go to the north. >> put your hands on top of your head. >> the male suspect is quickly cuffed in the parking lot. but inside the room investigators make a troubling find. >> do you have anything with your name on it here. >> no. >> a very young looking girl with no identification. >> how old are you? >> i'm 19. >> where are you from? >> i'm from arkansas.
>> man, hey, how old are you? >> i'm 34. >> now, first things first. i need to know who you are. okay? do you have any type of identification? >> no. >> nothing? >> alicia claims she left her i.d. home in arkansas. but she also says she flew to detroit. >> if you're flying back and forth, how are they putting you on an airplane. >> i had an id down there. when i do this, i don't have no -- nothing on me. >> so where is that i.d. right now? >> actually i threw it away. i don't even have an i.d. i ripped it in half and threw it in the garbage. so that's gone. >> the lack of an i.d. and
transparency of her lies are hints she may be underage. >> no pimp, no nothing. i'm going to have the money for myself. i'm going to sell my ass for me. >> what's your connection with the guy. >> tell you the truth, i don't know who that is. >> for now alicia will admit to nothing, not even after they point out the room she's in has been paid for by the male suspect under arrest in the parking lot. >> so you don't know the guy outside, right? how come this is in his name? >> i don't know. >> she's protecting him. >> i'm not protecting nobody. i just don't know. >> why are you protecting that guy there? >> i'm not protecting nobody. i'm protecting myself. >> you can do a whole lot more to help yourself than this. >> i am helping myself. i just need extra money. that's all it is. >> again, you're protecting this guy. >> no, i'm not. >> he's got your room rented. he knows you. >> i don't know him. if he knows me, i don't know how he knows me. >> just some crazy thing you're in this room and his name is on the room paying for it? >> i don't know. that's my answer. >> her name, age and address are
still unknown. it's a story that's all too familiar to veteran investigators like the fbi's victim specialist, katie connell. >> are these girls, do they consider themselves victims when they come in. >> many times not. that's your initial hurdle. when you're asking them to tell you what happened to them, they want to protect the pimp or whoever is exploiting them. >> they don't raise their hand, say i need help. >> pimps work them down, beat them down, physically, emotionally, to where they are so dependent on that person. they think they are family. they have nowhere else to go. to say we want to get you out of this life, i don't know they believe us at that point in time. it's going to take some trust to say we're really here to try to help.
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with qualifying bundles. rethink possible. police department. let's see your hands. keep your hands on top of your head. >> the fbi's human task force is conducting operation cross-country, a nationwide crackdown on juvenile prostitution. the operation here in detroit is less than one hour old when team one pulls their first juvenile off the street. meanwhile across town team two set up a sting in the rooms of an upscale hotel. >> you got the record button there. >> a hidden camera will capture audio and video in the target room. all that's missing now are the girls. >> hoping you would be doing out
calls tonight. >> undercover officers browse online ads for services in metro detroit. >> you want to try this? >> what's her name. >> crystal. >> over the course of an hour, they make nearly 100 phone calls to book dates with prostitutes. >> two hours for three. that's not bad at all. >> i'm looking for a cute girl. can you help me out? i'm looking for young girls, if you've got anything. >> looking for specific ads like this one, daisy oliver, a young looking female that may be a juvenile. >> does she look like a juvie. >> i would say so. says she's 18. that's her right there. >> we'll try her. >> i'm trying to get ahold of daisy oliver. a female makes contact with daisy's agency and makes an unusual request.
>> it's mine and my husband's anniversary. i was hoping she would do a couples. >> a couples date is double the money, and the booker seems interested. he tells her to sit tight. >> she's going to call back on a blocked number. >> hopefully we'll get an underage girl in prostitution or assist in related cases we have open right now purchase sounds good. >> that's the benefit out of all this tonight. >> it's a little after 7:00 p.m. when the first date arrives in the hotel lobby. >> really? okay, yep, i'll be on the way down. >> he's going to walk down there and see if that might be her. >> the undercover goes down to the lobby to retrieve his date while arresting officers set up in the surveillance room and wait for the show to begin. >> make yourself comfortable. you look good.
>> thank you. >> an unsuspecting young woman going by the name nicole is the first to take the bait tonight. >> all right. what do i get for my $200. >> full service. >> officers next door listen carefully for the bust signal. good deal. >> all right, good deal. >> arresting officers move in to make the bust. >> police. >> do you have any guns, weapons, knives? >> no. >> how about on your person? >> no. >> hand over your head. >> a quick search of nicole's pockets turns up $380 in cash. a records check shows nicole is not a juvenile. her arrest is barely five minutes old when detectives learn their next date is on the way. they stash nicole in the bathroom while they lay a trap for daisy, the girl they suspect may be underage. >> be quiet. >> we tried this once before and it didn't work out. >> daisy has been lured to the room by a female detective on the pretext of providing sexual services to a married couple. >> if it makes you feel better, you're my first couple.
>> really? >> yeah, i've only been doing escorting for a few months. >> after a few minutes of small-talk, the male undercover enters the room to complete the illusion. >> hi. >> this is my friend daisy. for our anniversary. >> clearly daisy has bought into the three-way setup. now all that remains is to negotiate a price. >> how much is it? >> $600. >> good deal, that's awesome. >> it's another good deal and another bust. >> police. >> you got nothing in your purse at all, nothing in your pockets. >> a quick search of daisy's purse and pockets yields no identification, another possible sign this young woman may be under age. >> so our girl doesn't have an id. >> no. >> how old are you?
>> 18. >> we just need to verify your age. you look pretty young. as soon as we find out your age and you're over 18 you'll be all set. >> daisy provides an address to run a records check. in the meantime she provides our camera crew with an impromptu interview. >> hey, what's up. >> not much. how are you holding up? >> pretty good. >> surprised? >> a little bit. then again, not really. >> no? >> no. i mean, i knew i was going to get caught either way. >> seriously? >> yeah. >> our initial interview with daisy is interrupted by word another date is on the way to the room. >> i've got one, too. >> you got one? >> yeah. >> this time the business transaction does not go quite so smoothly.
>> full service here? >> that will cost you. >> the undercover has two female prostitutes on the hook but he can't seem to reel them in. they are perhaps more experienced than nicole and daisy and they seem to sense something is not right. >> can we all just get comfortable? >> what are you tripping about? >> i have no idea. okay. >> if they start to get ready to leave, we'll hook them. >> the women ask the undercover to get comfortable, their way of saying take off his clothes to show he's for real. >> what you want? >> i don't want you to be shy. >> take off that. how about that? >> the bust signal never comes, but detectives have seen enough to pull the plug on the show next door. >> where is your shirt at real quick? >> how old are you? >> 18. >> i've seen you before, haven't i? >> no, you haven't. >> i've seen that face before. i haven't seen that one. >> the young women go by deshonte and diamond. neither is a juvenile. >> she's 18. she's of age. >> i'm of age.
>> that's our main concern. >> richard sanchez recognize her from an earlier sting but diamond insists they have done nothing wrong. >> over and over. i've done nothing wrong today. like i said i was an adult entertainer. when i walked in the room, i didn't take any money, no agreements for money, no sexual favors or promise. nothing is agreed upon. i'm not a prostitute. i don't know what this is about. >> in all the team makes four arrests in less than an hour. a records check turns up troubling news about daisy. >> is she under age, 17? >> with a juvenile in custody team two decides to pack it in and head back to the trooper's station where they hope to learn more about the person or organization that is pimping out this teenager. >> hello, mom, could you possibly come down here.
station. team leaders, troopers ed price and richard sanchez try to get an accurate head count of the underage girls they have successfully for now pulled off the street. >> you have one you don't know and the one. >> through the evening we recovered three juveniles so far, two additional possibles we have. total for the evening we're looking at three, possible five. >> fbi agent mike and his team have already clocked a long day, 12 hours, but the hard work of identifying the girls and building cases against the predators who sold them has just begun. the team members just begin to process evidence as the first step towards uncovering the criminal network, processing and enslaving these juveniles. often the best source of information can be the girls themselves.
securing their cooperation is not easy. >> walked in today, we're here to help you. >> the girl we found turned out to be 16. we went through a couple birth dates before she finally admitted she was born in 1994. >> 16-year-old alicia was the first juvenile pulled off the street tonight. >> who is the guy outside? >> i have no idea. >> she was caught working in a room rented by this man. but alicia denies he's her pimp or he even knows him. >> she has no idea who he is, what he does, can't tell me anything. i said i don't believe you. i told her what his record was. i said you're going to put yourself in danger with this guy and have. she doesn't care. >> it's not a great situation at home and she's had definite issues over the past couple of years. so now we just have to work on where she should try to go tonight, what kind of help we
can offer her. hopefully she doesn't return to this kind of life. >> alicia's silence is all too familiar. detectives suspect the 16-year-old has muzzled herself out of fear of reprisals from her pimp. just one jail cell down, there is a teenager girl more than ready to talk. meet daisy oliver, not her real name. a suburban girl next door who made a wrong turn and ended up being sold for sex for strangers. the teen's arrest for prostitution is less than an hour old, when she sits down with detectives who want to know more about her pimp. >> what did he say about the money. >> he gets 40% of everything the girls make. >> did he look at your id at all? how did he find your ad or tell you about your advertisement? >> we need pictures to advertise online. i said, go on facebook and get
whatever pictures you think are cute. >> despite her youth, officers find daisy to be remarkably cool and poised. >> write out what you told me. >> she provides information that will lead to a search warrant later tonight. >> you don't fit the mold for the type of girl that we're used to dealing with. >> yet they are getting used to it, girls from the right side of the track ending up on the wrong side of the law. >> people think girls involved in prostitution don't usually stem outside of the inner city. however, here's a prime example of a young lady from a pretty prestigious area. >> here is the situation, where do you live?
>> nicole is an fbi victims specialist working with the task force. >> still a juvenile under the age of 18, we have to contact your parents. how do you feel about that. >> i'm not happy. >> that's where we are with this. i'm just letting you know ahead of time. i know it's uncomfortable. i'm sorry this is the way it has to go, unless you would like to call them yourself. >> hello, mom. could you possibly come to downtown detroit and pick me up from the police station? >> understandably daisy is nervous and doesn't want to give her mother her full story. it's 2:30 a.m. and daisy's mother, awakened from sleep seems too disoriented to comprehend what her daughter is telling her.
>> i'm at the police station. because. will you just get down here and pick me up. the police station. just come pick me up. >> hello. >> yes, ma'am. can you hear me? >> it's a phone call that will change daisy's life. >> no problem. are you able to come down here and pick up your daughter? >> her mom's coming. >> everyone is under arrest period. because all these whole s aren't healthy unless you actually eat them ♪ multigrain cheerios. also available in delicious peanut butter. healthy never tasted so sweet.
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five people were killed and 40 people are missing. now back to msnbc "undercover." it's a thursday night in detroit and investigators with the fbi's human trafficking task force are in the middle of operation cross-country, a national crackdown on the juvenile sex trade. >> they should in the command center have a packet on each individual. >> so far the team has already pulled two underage girls off the street, then they get a lead on another possible juvenile. >> she's got a girlfriend. she's going to send a girlfriend for a walk. >> undercover officers set up a date with the girl and then move in for the arrest. >> hello, police department. are you here by yourself? >> inside the room, detectives find a young woman who goes by the online name of tonya. >> how old are you? >> 18.
>> how long have you been 18? >> since january. >> tonya's first arrest for prostitution and she's willing to tell investigators everything she knows. >> who is the person who left the room recently before your date? >> tonya says that she and her friend work for a woman named victoria who is in the room next door. >> how many rooms you guys have? >> i think she only has two. >> so three of you girls total here? you all working? >> hello. >> police pay a quick visit to the room next door. >> nothing. pair of boots. >> ellie and victoria are absent but their effects remain. at this point it's not yet clear to detectives whether the women have fled the scene or just stepped out. >> where did you meet her at? >> i met her at a bus stop one day. >> tonya tells police victoria
recruited her about a month ago at a local bus stop promising her a career in modeling. >> she got a company -- she say she got a company, her investors rich and stuff like that. we did pictures and everything. >> then she says success would not come overnight and tonya would have to bide her time. by becoming an escort. >> she said until then, you know, i would have to do this. she said it like she a manager in adult entertainment. it was like different fields, i guess, like porn. escorting, modeling. >> tonya's story is sadly one these detectives hear all the time, a young naive girl chasing the glamour and fame falls under the spell of an older and more sophisticated predator who promises the world and delivers nothing. >> you could tell there was a relative newness about her.
evidence she was brought under fraudulent terms, a bait and switch. she thought maybe hey, i need to earn extra money so i can go to school. that turned into something else, something else and prostitution. >> how long were you going to continue to do this until you realize she's selling you that dream or lying to you to get you to sell your body and make money for her? seem like after a month, it's going to start to sink in at some point. >> the interview is briefly interrupted when tonya's phone rings. >> tell her you need to be picked up. don't tell her we're here, though. >> it's victoria. she's unaware of the arrest and calling to check on tonya and the status of her date. >> he left. >> tonya informs victoria the deal did not go down because the john rejected her. >> the scolding gives tonya the painful opportunity to see the
true nature of victoria's character and agenda. >> what's she mad for? >> i don't know. she never talked to me like that. >> she didn't get the money. only thing she cares about is you getting that money. >> she never talks to me like that. >> i just heard it. >> she's exploiting you. she's using you to make money. if she really had connections or a modeling agency, stuff like that, investors, she wouldn't have you at the extended stay and all the other hotels that you've been at setting your body. you're a victim in all this. but the thing is, we need to get you to see that and understand that. >> the team is about to wrap up when the undercover officer gets a call back from tonya's partner ellie.
detectives clear out of the room and lie in wait for her companions. the agent makes a quick stop to retrieve a few items from victoria's room. when he tries to open the door, he finds the chain locked from the inside. >> hello. do i have to bust the door down? >> it turns out that the room was still empty and the chain lock simply malfunctioned. the incident left tonya shaking and hiding behind our cameras. >> looks like our vehicle is pulling up, too. >> that might solve this one. take the vehicle down. >> detectives get word that victoria's car has been spotted pulling into the hotel parking lot.
>> i'm not trying to be mean. >> be quiet, let me talk to him. >> victoria is arrested along with ellie and a young male friend. arresting officers bring the trio inside for questioning. sergeant ed price can sense this situation would be better handled downtown at the state police station. >> we'll talk to everybody down at the police station. >> have you to tell us why we're under arrest. >> you're under arrest for pandering. >> what is pandering. >> pimping, prostitution, being an escort. we're not going to sit here and have a conversation. everyone is under arrest, period. we'll talk later. there's nothing to talk about. >> that is not fair. >> make sure you grab her phone out of her hand. >> victoria protests her innocence to police, our camera crew and everyone else on the hotel's third floor. >> i'm on my period. who have you seen up in here
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>> meet victoria, an outspoken 26-year-old who has just been arrested on suspicion of pimping out two very young looking females. >> who have you seen up in here with us? who have you seen with us? >> at this point she obviously thinks she has nothing to do with anything, is innocent, doesn't understand why she's down here. she's very irate we even brought her down here for any type of questioning. >> back at the headquarters investigators confirm one of victoria's girls, tonya, is 18. in the case of the other girl, investigators make a troubling discovery. ellie is only 16. >> are you going to be nice to me? >> i'm nice. >> ellie tells investigators she's only been in the game for three months. she claims victoria lured her away from her previous pimp. >> tell me what's up. >> we all close, we all close. we all get money together. >> under questioning victoria begins to back-pedal saying she works with the other girls but is not their boss.
>> i am not an escort service. i'm legitimately a female companion. we all work together. we're all female companions. if something wrong, i'm there for them. we pray together. we're all together. you know what i'm saying? that's just what it is. >> her three musketeers narrative does not scare with the statements of tonya or ellie or the laptop. it's clear she posts ads and the production of the photos of 16-year-old ellie. >> the problem, do you know how old? >> no, i don't. i never knew. when the police ran her name. they acted like everything's good. >> she's 16. so you see the predicament we're in?
>> i just didn't want to abandon her. i had a feeling because of how she be acting sometimes. she so immature. oh, my god. >> while the gravity of the situation appears to be sinking in for victoria, investigators down the hall struggle with their next move with ellie. >> where would you go if we let you go? >> with my friend. >> with your friend. so you don't have anybody who has guardianship over you or anything like that? >> uh-huh. >> who is that? >> my mom. >> your mom, but you left her house? if we take her home at this moment in time, she'll be gone an hour after we leave and she'll be back on the streets again. we have to figure out what's the best-case scenario for her to keep her safe. >> as bad as this looks or feels, we really are trying to help you. it's not to punish you or anything like that.
the problem is, if you don't want to go back to your mom, we can't let you go back there. >> what police would like for ellie is some alternative to a juvenile detention facility. unfortunately those sorts of social services are few and far between. >> that is the biggest deficiency we have in the system for juveniles is there isn't enough programs that would support these girls to keep them out of the life. >> well, the only option is to take her back home. that's it. they don't have an active case. >> no, right. >> it's very frustrating. >> that is the typical story. this is not the exception. this the typical story. >> it's not like i'm trying to pimp this girl. get what i'm saying to you? nothing like this is happening. >> as for victoria, she's on the hook for a federal juvenile
trafficking charge, but investigators may cut a deal that will help them dig deeper into detroit's underground sex trade. >> these pimps just like anywhere else, they are very intertwined with others involved in the industry. they have a lot of information. they have a lot of connections. >> he's going to have to talk to you later is what's going to happen. >> while investigators weigh the pros and cons of a deal with victoria, detectives just down the hall are scrambling to secure a search warrant based on a tip provided by one of the juveniles they recovered in tonight's operation. 17-year-old daisy was nabbed just hours before at a hotel sting. and before she called her mother to come pick her up, she i.d.'d her pimp. >> where would he take you when
he picked you up? >> to the lot. >> what's the lot? >> daisy directs investigators to the pimps primary place of business, a place in detroit she calls the loft. >> how many dates have you done at the loft? >> the loft in detroit? >> just after 1:00 a.m. when a judge signs off on a search warrant. >> just briefed the plan, everything's good to go. this is a location off grand boulevard, where known prostitution happens, where one of the juveniles said she conducted dates. >> what floor? >> 60 seconds later, the team is coiled up outside the security door. when verbal demands to open up go unanswered, they go to plan b. >> clear.
>> the loft is empty, but the search turns up valuable evidence. >> i got a residence right here. >> the business side. >> contracts. >> he's got all the girls right here. >> tonight's raid will mark the end of a long, successful day of work for these officers, but it's only the beginning of an ongoing fight. >> we recovered four juveniles during the operation. we've identified numerous pimps and probably opened up roughly 20 state cases as well as six federal cases. >> appointment books, schedules. don't judge a book by its cover. just because i live in a nice house doesn't mean i live a nice life. so my answer was advil. [ male announcer ] paul ridley chose advil. because nothing is stronger on tough pain. real people. real pain. real relief. advil. relief in action.
daisy oliver, not her real name, was snagged in the fbi's operation cross-country. >> don't judge a book by its cover. just because i live in a nice house doesn't mean i live a nice life. >> at first glance, daisy seems to be unlikely to be sold into prostitution, but the 18-year-old wants you to know living in a professional two-parent household in a comfortable detroit suburb doesn't guarantee a life of happily ever after. >> it takes, like, a certain person to do what i've done. it's more of like i've lived such a -- life and i don't think that much of myself. >> like many girls trafficked into the sex trade, daisy's road to exploitation began when she was raped as a child. at a family gathering, 12-year-old daisy was in the
bathroom of a relative's house when a 23-year-old man who was dating her cousin violently raped her. >> then my aunt came barging in or whatever, ripped him off me. >> but her family's lack of action after the crime left her angry and confused. >> it was just brushed off, all right, we kicked him out of the house, he's never allowed to come back, it's over with. no, it's not. who has to go to bed every single night thinking about that, who has to remember oh, this happened to me, i do. >> for daisy, the trauma of rape turned to despair and a deep sense of worthlessness compounded by her mother's refusal to tell her father about the incident. at 13, she ran away and fell in love with a high school senior. to make ends meet, daisy worked at a coffee shop while her older boyfriend spent all their money on drugs. to fund his cocaine habit, her so-called boyfriend began selling daisy for sexual favors. >> at first i was like why is a person who loves me, supposedly, asking me to do this? but then, like, at the time i didn't have anywhere else to go.
>> michigan supreme court justice mary beth kelly has seen too many teens like daisy. >> being safe is something that these young people really don't have a sense of. there's no sense of boundaries when a relationship could be dangerous, could introduce them to a dangerous set of circumstances, and so the decision making process that even a healthy adolescent could make in terms of what would be a good choice, a bad choice, is really not -- it's not even present in these young people. >> trapped in a downward spiral and estranged from her family, daisy says her darkest hour was when in a drug-induced rage, her boyfriend and now pimp choked her until she blacked out. >> all of a sudden they are putting their hands on you calling you worthless and telling you you mean nothing to nobody. you don't get over things like that. >> a court granted a restraining order against daisy's boyfriend.
he eventually went to jail, but at 16 with no income and no place to go, she fell into prostitution again. at a party, a woman told daisy she could make big money as an escort. >> i'd really like you to meet my boss, i was like why, she's like you're really pretty. compared to all the other girls, you're really pretty. >> daisy agreed to meet the smooth-talking pimp who picked her up and took her to a loft downtown. daisy says she was blown away by the upscale glamour of the escort service he ran. >> they just like obsessed over me, like, first day i was their v.i.p. girl. i wasn't just their v.i.p. girl, i was the bait that got all the guys to come in. >> you realize that they have been preyed upon and their psyche is so weak that they simply can't withstand the lure of what is going on here.
>> for a month, the escort service consumed daisy's life. she worked in the club or did outcalls every day from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. the next morning. compared to the abuse she had suffered from her first pimp, the club seemed like a dream come true. >> it was kind of like my second family. >> but it was a dysfunctional family. >> he ruled everything. it was like you disrespect me, you're going to get your ass either beat or kicked to the curb, and he ruled everything, like, he was the pimp. >> today, daisy agrees that the night she got arrested altered the course of her life forever. it was a chance moment that almost didn't happen. >> literally 20 minutes before i was supposed to go home, i got a phone call from a couple saying they wanted to meet me. >> i was hoping she'd do a couples. >> the call was from a female undercover agent, posing as a wife looking to buy her husband a young girl for sex, but when daisy entered the room, she felt
nervous. >> makes you feel better, you're my first couple. >> the second i saw two beds in that room and a double door, i kind of got the feeling, maybe i should just leave, this is sketchy, definitely. >> what you did is wrong, you understand that? >> yeah. >> but deciding to go through with this particular date, daisy ended up taking the first steps towards her real family. >> hello, mom? >> the look on my mom's face was just so heart breaking, because i'm her only daughter, and, you know, for her to find out that her only daughter is selling her body and that's how she's, like, paying for everything, it was just really hard. >> the shock of being arrested in a federal sting succeeded in scaring daisy straight, and forced her family to deal with the rape and abuse that led her on a path of self-destruction.
and now daisy says she is finally able to communicate with her father. >> he finally started opening up to me and, you know, telling me how sorry he was for never doing anything when i got raped, telling me he was sorry for never, like, doing anything to my ex-boyfriend. he just wants to be there for me, so it's been, like, a lot better. i'd say so for sure, brought my family a lot closer to me. >> today, daisy is living at home with her family and working towards her ged. she has hopes of going to college. she has a message for girls who might think the life of an escort is glamorous. >> your dignity and pride and everything you ever once stand for is down the drain. the second you lay down on your back is just pure disgust. >> and what about that love she thought she felt from her second family? >> when you think your pimp cares about you and he wants your safety, no, he wants your
money. you're an object, and you're a tool, and that's all it is. >> ultimately, daisy's grateful to the fbi for the arrest that she says saved her life. >> and i just got lucky, you know, i got blessed. i can walk away from it, you know, and never look back. most girls can't. they either wind up dead or they wind up worse. >> the detroit task force, which rescued daisy, is just one of 26 the fbi operates with cooperation from local law enforcement agencies. investigators spend months, sometimes years, gathering evidence to make state and federal cases. their goal, to end the network of criminal syndicates, big and small, who profit from selling women. >> it just further shows the need of the task force and why a lot of these -- everyone on there, is so diligent and they
pour their heart and soul to it. as you can see, every night. >> what time we rolling tomorrow? >> 3:14 for ucs, 4:00 for everyone else. >> it's worst it, the guys and girls who do the job, we do it for the kids, we do it because it needs to be done. they are young women and girl who is imagined america as a place of endless opportunity. >> people held against their will and raped in essence a dozen-plus times a day. >> but it meant living trapped in a cycle of abuse and exploitation. >> approximately 100 women were recovered. >> incredibly, many of these trafficked girls were first victimized by their own parents. >> the vast, vast majority of them sexually abused as kids. >> both my mother and my father