05/04/2010 AT 06:00 PM EDT
"As long as one person is enslaved, we are all enslaved. As long as we continue to allow these young women to be criminalized, the message we’re putting out is that women and girls can be bought ... It's time that we bring the dirty little secret out into the open."
, who spoke at a briefing on Domestic Sex Trafficking of Children, in Washington D.C., on Tuesday.
– Wendy Grossman