Rescue Industry, this is how you “rescue” 13 year old runaways?

The rescue industry has an actual case of a 13 year old, what they call the average age of entry into prostitution, that they have “rescued” from a pimp.  As part of her “rescue” they bring her into court shackled at both the wrists and ankles.  Because a 13 year old female prisoner is such a threat to the officers and courtroom members.  They article states the system views her as the victim.  The legal system admits she received no money from being a prostitute.  It was all taken by the pimp.  Thus she has committed no crime.  Yet the court determines that she can’t go home, she must remain a prisoner because she might runaway again.

This is rescue?  Brought into court in full shackles.  This is what the rescue industry is calling a solution?  She was treated as a slave by the pimp now she is a slave in the justice system.  Great job rescue industry.  This is sure to make any prostitute of any age want to trust the legal system.

The article then segues into discussion about backpage.com making them responsible for the injustices that happen to runaways and sex workers alike.

From CNN http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/01/20/siu.selling.girl.next.door.backpage/index.html?iref=allsearch

 

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) — Her ankles and wrists are shackled. She’s wearing used sweats in the bright colors of the jailhouse, orange, blue and yellow. She shuffles to the courtroom to face the judge, her mother, and an uncertain future.

Selena is a 13-year-old who was sold for sex.

She wants to go home to her house in the suburbs and the baby sister she hardly knows. And now, facing a sympathetic judge and a loving mother who wants to make sure she’s safe, Selena is being told she can’t go home

Selena was arrested by undercover police on the Vegas strip on prostitution charges. But although she exchanged sex for money, in the eyes of the law, she’s a victim, by virtue of her age and the circumstances under which she was sold: by a pimp on the website backpage.com, a pimp who used drugs to entice her, and took everything she earned.

She may be a victim, but she can’t go home, because no one trusts that she won’t run again, back into the arms of a pimp.