Running in the Shadows
October 27, 2009
By IAN URBINA
ASHLAND, Ore. — She ran away from her group home in Medford, Ore., and spent weeks sleeping in parks and under bridges. Finally, Nicole Clark, 14 years old, grew so desperate that she accepted a young man’s offer of a place to stay. The price would come later.
They had sex, and he soon became her boyfriend. Then one day he threatened to kick her out if she did not have sex with several of his friends in exchange for money.
She agreed, fearing she had no choice. “Where was I going to go?” said Nicole, now 17 and living here, just down the Interstate from Medford. That first exchange of money for sex led to a downward spiral of prostitution that lasted for 14 months, until she escaped last year from a pimp who she said often locked her in his garage apartment for months. Continue reading
By Associated Press
7:17 AM MDT, July 1, 2009
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Aurora Police are looking for runaway girls who might have been forced into prostitution after arresting a man they suspect was pimping girls using online ads.
An undercover investigation led to an arrest Tuesday of 24-year-old Bobby James Doss. Detectives are holding Doss on charges of pimping a child after tracking a girl through an online sex ad. She told investigators she was a runaway working as a prostitute for Doss.
Authorities say they suspect more girls may be involved. The girl they interviewed Tuesday is in protective custody, and Doss is being held without bond.
While interviewing the underage prostitute at a hotel room, police arrested her suspected john, 37-year-old B A C.
Original at KDVR
Naive and vulnerable girls lured by slick-talking pimps are drugged, beaten and held hostage for sex. They are our children, and they are the latest casualties of human trafficking.
Sunday, June 28, 2009 3:29 AM
By Alan Johnson and Mike Wagner
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
The rusty black Chevrolet crept slowly down W. Broad Street until a stranger waved it to a stop. The man handed the driver $50 and climbed into the back seat beside a cute young woman with brown hair and brown eyes.
Before sunrise, about 20 more strangers would do the same.
Ashley Berner, barely 18, pleaded to the driver to let her go. Three other women, who had taken her in from the streets, introduced her to the man she didn’t realize was a pimp. Soon, he was beating her and threatening to kill her and harm her family if she didn’t continue prostituting in the back seat of that car. Continue reading
11:07 AM PDT on Monday, June 1, 2009
TACOMA, Wash. – An Army sergeant stationed at Fort Lewis now faces federal charges of pimping teen prostitutes.
Sgt. Sterling Terrance Hospedales, 26, is charged with child sex trafficking and attempted child sex trafficking.
Hospedales was arrested on April 14 and has been held in the Pierce County Jail on charges of promoting prostitution. Charging papers indicated the girls were 16 and 17-years-old. Continue reading
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation conference on sex trafficking at DePaul finds interesting conclusions
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April 16, 2009
BY ANNIE SWEENEY Crime Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
In television, movies and music, they exude cool and confidence.
But a new study has found out something else about some Chicago pimps — like the women they often peddle on the sex market, they are victims of sexual abuse and have sold their own bodies for sex.
A new study finds that the popular image of pimps as cool guys in control isn’t exactly accurate.
“That’s the persona they put on,” study author Jody Raphael said of popular images of pimps. “Underneath, they are no different than the women. … They come from the same households and dysfunction as the women do.” Continue reading