According to a 2015 U.S. State. Department report over 240,000 American children are at risk for sex trafficking every year.
A single mother from Jacksonville, Fl is sharing her story to help others stay safe and aware of the dangers on the internet.
"To me right there that's the most terrifying thing anybody could ask a parent,”
Blaire Noirot told WICS News that a stranger messaged her on Facebook offering $3,000 for her three-year-old daughter.
"I just I was appalled and was like, ‘are you seriously trying to ask to buy my child’, and he was like, ‘yes’."
The first message said, '‘This is a nice child you have here...I will buy this virgin child.’
A few minutes later, he persisted with another message.
"I am actually in need of a virgin child," and "I will up the price to $4,000."
Rather than wait for anymore messages, she logged out of Facebook and called the police.
"I was kind of shocked,” said Lieutenant Doug Thompson, “That someone was that brazen to put so blatantly on Facebook out in public to ask for something like that."
Law enforcement officials say social media cases are difficult to prove, but it doesn't make them any less dangerous.
“To me that’s horrible, by definition, trafficking. I mean, you're taking someone from their loved ones and you're basically keeping them as a servant and that's no way to live for anybody."
"It could be somebody that you know. It could be somebody that's been watching you for a long time, and I highly recommend not talking to anybody on Facebook that you do not know."
According to the man's online profile he lives in Terre Haute, Indiana. But police say the actual person behind the screen could be anyone, from anywhere.