“This girl did not fit in with the Hartford streets,” Scates says.Scates tried to get information from the girl, but “she was too high,” she says.
Natalie, an ex–Catholic schoolgirl rescued by gems, was from the age of 13 tortured or beaten with water, belts, chains, even a bag of frozen oranges. A pimp is a wife beater, rapist, murderer, child-molester, drug dealer, and slave driver rolled into one.”Says Krishna Patel, “I’d always dismissed the idea of human trafficking in the United States. Human trafficking—the commercial sexual exploitation of American children and women, via the Internet, strip clubs, escort services, or street prostitution—is on its way to becoming one of the worst crimes in the U.
Scates, who “used to do 50 johns a night,” never wore provocative apparel to conduct these operations; “my clothes would then have been submitted as evidence, and the issue of entrapment would have been raised.”That same summer, Scates was out on Hartford’s Wethersfield Avenue, in the south end of the city, this time working a sting in which a male colleague impersonated a john.
A girl got into the male cop’s unmarked vehicle, propositioned him, and was promptly dispatched to Scates for processing.
and the Senate introduces a new bipartisan bill for victim support, the problem proliferates across continents, in casinos, on streets, and directly into your mobile device.
And, as Amy Fine Collins shows, human trafficking is much closer to home than you think; victims, younger than ever, are just as likely to be the homegrown American girl next door as illegally imported foreigners.