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"There's a lot of different apps out there that they should be suspicious of if their children have them." The apps include Kik, Snapchat and Tinder.
"For anybody out there who has a little girl or little boy 12, 13, 14, 15, you need to be aware of the phone and the apps you have to be aware, not even a choice, ' Oh, I'm going to check it.' You have to," the mom said.
Local 4 is not revealing her identity to protect her family.
"For anybody to sit back there and say this could never happen to them, yes it can happen to you, in your child, in your house," the mom said.
She recommends parents keep smartphones out of their children's rooms, especially at night.
This mom also wants you to watch what your children are doing online, look at their phones, know who is picking up your children and what is going on when you are not home.
Sarah Krebs, a detective/sergeant with Michigan State Police, works in the Missing Persons Coordination Unit.
She said while more girls are pulled into sex trafficking, boys can be targeted, too.
She said they started dating and then the boyfriend asked her to go out with his friends. That's all you have to do.' They would give her like ," the mom said."If someone is offering them a modeling job or something that sounds to good to be true, it probably is. "If they're coming home and they have highlights in their hair or braids or extensions, nails, acrylic nails or shellac, those things cost a lot of money and if your child doesn't have the type of income that could support that or you're not giving them that kind of money, where is it coming from?Those are questions that you need to ask," Krebs said."We see most of the recruitment for sex trafficking happening online and it's not always unknown males that are contacting females.A lot of times it's females contacting other females, sometimes in their own peer group that are recruiting them towards these efforts," Krebs said. They know what they're interested in, what they want, they'll give them those to try to get them, entice them into their world." Krebs said another red flag for parents is children coming home with unexplained gifts.