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David Barrow case focuses local spotlight on domestic human trafficking

Counseling being arranged for victims of David Barrow
Counseling being arranged for victims of David Barrow
Madison County Jail

On Aug. 13, multiple charges were levied against Barrow for production of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and aggravated criminal surveillance. According to the Marshall County District Attorney, Steve Marshall, warrants were filed Aug. 13 after computers and other storage items taken from Barrow's home yielded video and photos of children under 17 in various states of undress.

According to estimates reported in The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the U. S., Canada and Mexico (CSEC) , approximately 200,000 American youth are at risk of becoming human trafficking victims each year. While the majority of these children are either runaways, throwaways or homeless youth, a substantial number of children living at home also are involved in CSEC, including junior and senior high school students recruited in the making and distribution of non-commercial pornography.

Students of Guntersville High School were photographed and video recorded by Barrow. The school plans to begin counseling sessions in the near future, but for the present, those who were victimized by Barrow can seek support at the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Marshall County . The CAC is located at 825 Gunter Ave Guntersville, AL 35976 and can be reached at (256) 582-8492 for additional information.

National Support Resources

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls and texts from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Call 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733).

Department of Homeland Security Human Trafficking Taskforce - Call 1-866-347-2423 (toll free) or 1-802-872-6199 (non toll free international) Report online at www.ice.gov/tips

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, - Call 1-800-THE-LOST or report online at cybertipline.com CyberTipline is a means for reporting crimes against children and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.