Jury Acquitted Pimp, Victim Portrayed as “Slut” Faces Imminent Danger

Posted by daphne | Posted in Awareness, Fundraising, Human Trafficking, Initiative, Language, News, Sex Trafficking | Posted on August 2, 2011

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Cauley (from Journal Gazette)

This weekend, I was floored by a news article about a jury that acquitted a pimp because his teenage victim had a prior history of sexual exploitation (Miami girl’s beau/pimp acquitted of sex crime , Journal Gazette, Indiana, 7/29/11).   It is absolutely appalling that the court accepted an argument that this young victim’s prior exploitation and abuse somehow meant that “she asked for it” or that “she deserved it.”  Both the judge and the jury lacked an understanding of the victimology of domestic minor sex trafficking.