Lost Girls

“If Lucilia were a 13-year-old Chinese girl smuggled to New York and made to work in a Queens brothel, she would not be seen, in the eyes of the authorities, as a prostitute at all. She would be a sex slave, a victim of human trafficking, and if she had the good fortune to be discovered by the police, she would be given federal protection and shielded by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. But she’s not.”
-Jessica Lustig-

Read Lustig’s “The 13-Year-Old Prostitute,” an excellent article, published by New York magazine, exploring child sex slaves within our own borders and our legal system’s neglect of them. As she writes, “In this separate-but-unequal legal system, Lucilia’s only real crime was being born an American citizen.”
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