“We came up here to work and make money with a pimp,” said the mother who brought her 15-year-old daughter from Florida to NYC.
Yolanda Ostoloza, 39, allegedly brought her 15-year-old daughter to NYC so that she could “work and make money with a pimp.” I first saw the story listed under the “Sick” news of the day section on The Daily Beast. According to NY Daily News:
“Bronx vice detectives, pretending to be johns trolling for sex online, agreed to meet the teen at the New York Hilton in Midtown on Wednesday just after midnight, sources said. The cops struck up a deal to pay the girl $200 for an undisclosed sex act.”
The mother offered this in defense:
“I thought my daughter was just going to do the fetish stuff.”
The human trafficking awareness campaigns are in full throttle as they attempt to attach their cause with one of America’s largest sporting events. Because there’s a lack of overwhelming statistics, and because the Super Bowl is regarded as the untouchable finale in what is perhaps America’s truest sense of worship save for Christmas, major publications such as The New York Times are calling it all “just rhetoric.”
In some ways, they’re absolutely right. While those in the trenches of this battle see the rise in cases of sex trafficking during every Super Bowl, the many facets of our criminal justice system, including its ability to recognize and statistically report cases of human trafficking aren’t able to keep up.
NOTE: The 15-year-old from above WAS trafficked by her mother but will she be reported as a victim of human trafficking? Will her mother be charged as a trafficker? I wouldn’t put my money on it. Especially considering that as of now she’s only being charged with, “…promoting prostitution and endangering the welfare of a child.” Both of which are misdemeanors.
This is what a lack of funding and a lack of education looks like. I’ve talked to many former prostitutes who were forced into the trade before they were 15 and despite being arrested countless times they never once were offered help or asked why they were working as a prostitute in the first place. In many cases, as one trafficking survivor told me:
“Even though we were barely teenagers there’s just this unquestioned assumption that it’s our choice to do this.”
While “show me the stats” is a fair statement to make, even members of the FBI have pivoted their ideas on the issue and are finding valuable insights as a result:
“In 2010 the Anaheim Police Department (APD) vice detail in Orange County, California, realized that most of the prostitutes it had contact with came from similar backgrounds. Analysis of their common circumstances and reasons for prostituting caused investigators to believe that they were sex trafficking victims. Human trafficking is using force, fraud, or coercion to recruit, obtain, or provide a person for sexual exploitation.”
For those who may question why this is indeed a men’s issues (especially since I haven’t mentioned that there WILL BE a subsequent rise in the sex trafficking of boys during the Super Bowl) consider the myriad links between human trafficking, prostitution and the following:
–80% of prostitutes may come from fatherless homes
–71% of high school dropouts come from a fatherless household (see PDF)
–50-85% of prostitutes are high school dropouts (book excerpt)
–Children in fatherless homes are 9 times more likely to drop out of high school
–Photo: The A 21 Campaign