Why Do We Criminalize Young Victims of Sex Trafficking?

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On January 31, 2013,   17-year-old Aarica S. was arrested in Los Angeles and charged with prostitution after she agreed to have unprotected sex with an undercover police officer in exchange for $60.

During Aarica’s court proceedings, her attorney argued the charges should be dismissed on the grounds that she was a victim of human trafficking.

In support of her claim, Aarica described a harrowing life story. Her father raped her when she was only three years old . . .

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