Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Why are Child Prostitutes Treated Like Criminals Instead of Sexual Abuse Victims?

I can't read the actual article because either the magazine's website is down right now or my internet connection sucks, but a Salon blogger on women's issues notes a New York Magazine article about how child prostitutes are treated in the U.S.A. The bottom line is that, despite the fact that these girls are legally incapable of consenting to sex, and that many of them are essentially "sex slaves," they are frequently treated like nothing more than criminals when they are arrested for prostitution. There has to be a better way.

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Anonymous Gideon said...

Welcome back!

4/05/2007 4:33 AM  
Blogger TexPD4Parity said...

DPD likes to have it both ways by charging the girls with prostitution then trying to interview them to get info about their pimps because "they're victims" and then they get all bent out of shape because we advise them not to talk.

4/07/2007 11:54 AM  
Blogger 123txpublicdefender123 said...

From what I understand, the feds actually do the same to international trafficking victims. They put the girls in detention, and threaten to send them back to their home countries if they don't cooperate in investigating their traffickers/pimps. Of course, the trafficker/pimp has threatened to kill them and their families back home if they ever escape or do anything against them. These children have it bad either way. It just really bothers me that these children, who are considered by the law to be incapable of consenting to sex, are so often just treated like criminals, instead of the sexual abuse victims that so many of them truly are.

4/09/2007 7:41 AM  
Blogger TexPD4Parity said...

I totally agree with you. I knew a lawyer whose juvenile client got caught in a car in a compromising situation with some old fart. The DAs prosecuted him for indecency with a child or some form of sexual assault, but they prosecuted her for public lewdness. I thought it was totally outrageous and hypocritical. Lenny Bruce once said,"In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls." So true at times.

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Anonymous GerberaKasbah said...

This is a widespread problem. The hypocrisy is that if a 16 year old girl has sex with a 19 year old man then she is seen as a victim. It does not matter how either party feel, if they are in love or not... he will be prosecuted for statutory rape. Yet, if a 12 or 13 year old girl is sold into sex slavery and forced into prostitution and is caught having sex with a 40 year old man. The man gets a slap on the wrist and the girl, already having been through so much, is treated like a criminal and prosecuted for prostitution.

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Anonymous hope456 said...

All too often the media portrays these children as prostitutes instead of the victims that they truly are. This in turn can color perceptions in law enforcement as well as public opinion. Check out: http://sharedhope.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/what%e2%80%99s-wrong-with-calling-a-child-a-prostitute-2/ for more on how language can affect our children!

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