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'Modern-Day Slavery': In $66 Million Legal Claim, Teen Accuses Oakland Cops of Using Her for Sex


Society & Culture  (tags: Oakland Police, teenage trafficking victim, prostitution, exploitation, rape, conspiracy, lawsuit )

Judy
- 393 days ago - washingtonpost.com



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Kathleen M (233)
Wednesday September 21, 2016, 6:25 pm
S&N. Thx Judy.
 

Sue H (7)
Wednesday September 21, 2016, 8:16 pm
I would love to know why this teen didn't report this abuse from the git go. ?? I'm not defending the police who used her, but rewarding her with a huge cash settlement seems wrong to me.
 

Animae C (517)
Wednesday September 21, 2016, 9:18 pm
TY dear Judy
 

Darren W (218)
Thursday September 22, 2016, 8:14 am
Shared to spread awareness., Judy.
 

Judy C (97)
Thursday September 22, 2016, 1:42 pm
Sue, when someone is victimized from such a young age, they don't always make the best choices. This girl's history is that of a victim of a lot of abuse. I do think she deserves the settlement. Everyone who abused her knew very well that they were doing something completely wrong.
 

Darren W (218)
Friday September 23, 2016, 12:23 am
If all one can see through this is the cash settlement, that kind of demonstrates where we've come to as a society and culture, where everything has been reduced to product and money. Whilst it may seem huge, there are different components in operation here.

If there's a culture of repeated wrongdoing on the part of the authorities, and in the UK, a lot of "figureheads" leave their office in disgrace with cash payouts and generous retirement packages, for basically screwing up, then the sum of money may be symbolic in terms of highlighting the issues involved.

Your $tateswide police services appear utterly dysfunctional for the most part, police being able to stop and search anyone, having the firepower to end anyone's life in the blink of an eye, based on less criminal instinct than random whim. Also, arm and police force, or anyone, and they feel empowered and thus often think they can get away with anything, which is usually reserved for the rich, wealthy and those in political and economic power.

Fear of being found out/exposure keeps a lot of people from making any early claim. If you have the overwhelming sense you're not going to be listened to, you might need help and counseling to get to a point where you can talk and open up.
 
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