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What happened to rescued teen victims of sex-trafficking? At least one is jailed for prostitution

Aug 16, 2013, 02:41 pm CDT


Poor showing by the Feds. Without all the facts, it is hard to be absolutely sure, but it appears that at least one victim was effectively exploited for PR purposes then handed over to local authorities to do with as they pleased. The statement of most interest to me is that "a breakdown on what happened to the rescued children is not available." I would like to know why it is not available; is it because the FBI does not wish to release it (which could be understandable) or is it because the FBI doesn't have one. The latter case would be disturbing but not shocking; the Feds like to get the bad guy, get the press, then get out of Dodge, leaving others to pick up the pieces and often the bill.

By Drew W on 2013 08 16, 5:56 pm CDT

"Can we treat her as a 100 percent victim right now? I can't say that until an investigation is done.”

Well, yes, you can treat her as a victim, because she is 100 percent underage. No ability to enter into enforceable contracts, no ability to consent to sex. And she's a goddamn child. And if you have some investigating to do, kindly release her from jail until you're done. Jackhole.

By NoleLaw on 2013 08 16, 6:14 pm CDT

"Rescued" is hardly the word I would use here.

As I said when this story first posted back in July, "These children are going to need a lot more help than placement in foster and group homes to overcome the emotional and psychological damage they have suffered." Apparently they are not getting that help.

These victims are children and young adults who have had their self respect and sense of self worth completely destroyed. If they do not receive extensive care and counseling, many, if not most, of them will resort to selling thier bodies. After all, they have been taught that it is the only thing they are good for.

By W.R.T. on 2013 08 16, 8:02 pm CDT

Oh, wow. NoleLaw said "goddamn" and "jackhole." The uptight person(s) must be on sabbatical today.

I don't think it says a whole lot about the overall effort that one out of a hundred and five has been jailed. Also, we don't know the facts alluded to for the "victim" question. What if this seventeen year old was helping control other children who were being trafficked? What if she was setting new victims up to be enslaved? If she was complicit in the operation of the slavery ring, they shouldn't let her off just because she was also screwing some of the customers.

By B. McLeod on 2013 08 17, 5:45 pm CDT

Nobody likes a tattle, B.McLeod. Also, you said "screwing."

By NoleLaw on 2013 08 19, 2:27 pm CDT

B.McLeod @ 4: These kids are subjected to what we would consider "torture" to get them to comply. Some of them are better at surviving than others. Clearly counseling and a halfway house is not the answer; but do they deserve to be imprisoned?

By BMF on 2013 08 19, 5:46 pm CDT

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