LIFETIME'S TWO-HOUR "AMERICA'S MOST WANTED" SPECIAL ON SEX TRAFFICKING — ORIGINAL AIR DATE: FEBRUARY 24, 2012

On the heels of the "America's Most Wanted" capture of a mother who allegedly made money selling her children for sex, John Walsh takes on the fast-growing criminal industry by profiling individuals wanted in connection with rampant spread of modern-day slavery

Lifetime's two-hour special edition of its pioneering crime-fighting series "America’s Most Wanted" focused on the rampant global problem of sex trafficking. The original air date was Friday, February 24th, at 9:00pm ET/PT. Hosted by John Walsh, the special takes on one of the most illicit and overlooked crimes known to affect millions of women and children in the U.S. and across the globe. The special comes on the heels of an "America's Most Wanted" capture of a Georgia mother featured on the December 16 episode of "America’s Most Wanted" for allegedly selling her two young daughters for sex.

While commonly thought of as a problem limited to countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia, human trafficking is also a major problem in America, where incidences of sex and labor trafficking have been reported in all 50 states, according to The National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline operated by Polaris Project. Walsh will profile numerous individuals alleged to be responsible for some of the world’s most shocking cases involving the sex trafficking of people, including many foreign victims who are lured into moving to the U.S. under false pretenses and then forced into brutal, horrifying lives of prostitution from which they have little chance of escape.

“Of all the people wanted for the most heinous crimes you could ever imagine, those involved in sex trafficking are some of the worst kinds of individuals ever to exist,” said Walsh. “They need to be stopped immediately and with the help of our Lifetime viewers, we’re going to put some of these sorry excuses for human beings away for a long time.”

The statistics regarding trafficking are staggering, beginning with the United Nations’ estimate of more than 12 million people worldwide who are trafficked for commercial sex or forced labor and the International Labor Organization’s report that human trafficking for the purposes of sexual and/or economic exploitation is a $20 billion business. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, more than 100,000 minors are estimated to be in the commercial sex trade in the U.S. To report a tip or connect with anti-trafficking services in your area, call The National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 888-373-7888.

Tune in to new episodes of "America's Most Wanted" every Friday at 9 pm et/pt on Lifetime.