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Jailed Teen Asks Why Pimp Was Freed

Womens eNews - Sat, 2 Jul 2011 16:27 GMT
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Prostitution Charges Once at the precinct, Keisha says the officers yelled at her and told her she was dumb for having a pimp and that then they asked her if she wanted to press charges against him. In their report, the officers felt that Keisha was "resistant" to their interrogations. The following morning her pimp was released on ${esc.dollar}20,000 bail and now Keisha remains, four months later, in a juvenile detention center charged with an act of prostitution. The fact that Keisha's pimp had been released the next morning and was now free to have his friends make threatening phone calls to her auntie's house only reconfirmed her decision to stay silent. We discuss her concerns for her auntie's safety, given that her pimp lived in the same neighborhood and talk for a while about possible placement options if the judge is open to it. Both her lawyer and I are realistic about the fact that she is probably going to be sitting in detention for at least the next few months, if not longer. Keisha is disappointed; she doesn't understand why she is the one in jail while her pimp is out, doesn't understand why she, who's been beaten and forced to make money for him, is being treated as the criminal. I don't have the answers for her. She is being criminalized for something that has been done to her. Punished for not talking to men who have shown her nothing but disdain. I figure in her situation I would be resistant, too. Would you like to Comment but not sure how? Visit our help page at Would you like to Send Along a Link of This Story? Rachel Lloyd is a nationally recognized expert on child sex trafficking in America, and played a key role in the successful passage of New York State's groundbreaking Safe Harbor Act for Sexually Exploited Youth, the first law in the country to end the prosecution of child victims of sex trafficking. Her trailblazing advocacy is the subject of the critically acclaimed Showtime documentary "Very Young Girls" and the upcoming memoir "Girls Like Us" (Harper Collins). For more information: GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Service: Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself

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