She was delivered to NFL star Lawrence Taylor’s hotel room – he had arranged to pay Rasheed $300 to have sex with the young girl, and even though she was delivered with a black eye and bloody nose, refused him, and was crying, Taylor was not deterred for a moment.
She sneaked a desperate phone call to her uncle, but police never came. She was raped by Taylor and then given the $300 … which, of course, she handed over to the pimp.
The pimp was eventually arrested. But Taylor, initially charged with rape, pled guilty to the misdemeanor crimes of patronizing a prostitute and sexual misconduct – and got off with six years’ probation!
A prostituted child was demeaned as a “working girl,” and the culture of tolerance winked at the “hero” who just needed his needs met.
Cristina later filed a civil suit against him under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, perhaps the first time a victim has sued a buyer. She did not prevail, but her suit broke important ground, advancing discussion about the culpability of buyers in the sex-trafficking machine.
Isn’t it time they pay for the misery they cause?
Absolutely. And please stand with us, as we pursue justice for young victims and open eyes to where justice fails to identify buyers as criminals.
The above is from Shared Hope International (click on the words to go to the site)