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.

9 Responses

  1. […] demonstrated in this CNN story on “child sex trafficking” which was linked by Jill Brenneman in Bound Not Gagged earlier […]

  2. This is just wrong on so many levels!

  3. It’s a damn shame when a 13 year old girl would rather go back to a pimp than deal with her mom and the system.

    Of course I’m being fastidious…but..

    I dunno….I remember being a pissed off teenager myself so can relate. the whole system fucking sucks.

    And I can’t even begin to fathom what is up with these men who are willing to see an underage escort.

    Nothing more profound to say at the moment! Just thinking out loud🙂

  4. I’m still hung up on the first sentence. She is 13, even the police say she is THE VICTIM and she is dragged into court shackled at the wrists and ankles. How is that going to ever breed trust from runaway teens? That is exactly what I feared when it was me. This War on Trafficking is so totally fucked up it goes beyond belief. Of course with incompetents like Farley and Hughes what could be expected. WTF do either of them know about prostitution or trafficking from a first hand basis? For that matter how many times have either of them even been bound and the hands and/or wrists for any reason?

  5. What they fail to address is the underlying problem – which is not the general and undefinable ‘prostitution’ nor is it pimps and traffickers.

    The underlying problem here is runaway teens, why they run away, and the complete and total lack of community support for teens from middle to upper class families with problems at home and otherwise.

    The whole thing is unbelievably fucked up. I haven’t gotten past the matter of chaining and shackling the 13 year old victim either. I could go on and on about just that part. Hell after that experience I couldn’t even blame her for running away again.

  6. […] via the sex worker blog "Bound Not Gagged," where the author […]

  7. Totally agree with you Kelly. Your second paragraph is the answer to the problem. Finding solutions and providing resources to prevent teens from running away or giving them alternatives rather than running away and being prime target for a pimp is the answer.

  8. […] via the sex worker blog “Bound Not Gagged,” where the author notes: The rescue industry has an actual case of a 13 year old, what they […]

  9. […] Rescue Industry, this is how you “rescue” 13 year old runaways? […]

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