Taylor Case Puts Spotlight On Abuse Of Young Prostitutes


The 16-year-old girl allegedly raped by pro football legend Lawrence Taylor is just one of hundreds of brutalized underage girls working as prostitutes in the New York region, says the New York Daily News. Like the runaway Hispanic girl in the Taylor case, they are typically beaten, held captive, and otherwise abused by their pimps in a macabre world of violence and isolation, law enforcement officials said.

Like her, many are forced to sell their bodies, “walking the track,” and punished when they don’t earn a nightly cash quota ranging from $500 to $2,000, say attorneys and social workers who help the teens “leave the life.” “I’ve had girls who have been dropped off at hospitals beaten, burned with hot knives, kids with broken eye sockets, girls with broken jaws,” said Katherine Mullen, a Legal Aid attorney who specializes in representing sexually exploited children, some as young as 10. Most are runaways, either from abusive family situations or from foster homes, said Anthony Communiello, chief of the Queens district attorney’s Special Proceedings Bureau, which handles sex-trafficking cases.

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