This is in response to “Teen forced into sex trade” in the Aug. 3, 2013, issue of the Messenger.
Prostitution, sex trafficking and a 14-year-old kid – this type of stuff no one wishes to hear. No one expects to hear that it happened here on our doorstep – this is something that happens far away. Even then, it’s bad, and it’s worse when it happens to a child.
So why isn’t the state pursuing charges against all the people who preyed on this child? This is sending the wrong message to sex offenders. Should not the No. 1 agenda for our state be to protect our children, our families?
It’s bad enough that the guy who forced this girl into prostitution only got a 20-year sentence and will come up for parole in only 17 months. But what about the 30 people who sexually abused this girl who are still walking around free? Where is the protection for this young girl?
I do not understand a system when all of the man-hours the law uses to bust some harmless pot-head, or a man drinking beer in his own yard or fighting a chicken, or creating crime using bait trailers – yet when a child is forced into prostitution with more than 30 people the law does not care enough to charge all known parties.
Stop and think if this could have been your little girl. I do not know this girl, but my prayers go out to her and her family.