Brilliant sister survivor Holly Austin Smith has a written an important post about the desperate need for services for trafficked boys. She discusses the issue with amazing survivor Tina Frudt, a pioneer who founded Courtney’s House, one of the very few providing services to both trafficked boys and girls. Here’s an excerpt:
As celebrations for Gay Pride Month come to a close, I’d like to take a moment to point out a troubling gap in services for gay and transgender youth who have been commercially sexually exploited.
In March of this year, Project Q Atlanta reported that Atlanta drag queen personality Pasha Nicole received a 14-year prison sentence for “forcing a transgender teenager into prostitution,” among other offenses related to trafficking.
Nicole, known legally as Christopher Thomas Lynch, was charged alongside her 35-year-old roommate and gay bar go-go dancer, Steven Donald Lemery. WSBTV reported the following pending charges against Lemery: five counts of aggravated child molestation, two counts of human trafficking, child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, and pandering by compulsion.
What’s most troubling in this story is the trauma inflicted on the victims.
- Kasich signs trafficking bill (toledoblade.com)
- Hawaii 6th State to Enact Vacating Conviction Law for Trafficking Victims (hawaiireporter.com)
- Let’s Empower Teachers to Fight Sex Trafficking (survivorsconnect.wordpress.com)
- Survivors Must Lead the Anti-Trafficking Movement (secretlifeofamanhattancallgirl.wordpress.com)
- For victims of human trafficking, a ‘Life of Freedom’ (miamiherald.com)
- Beautiful new survivor-led center opens in Miami (survivorsconnect.wordpress.com)
- Historic Initiative to Combat Human Trafficking (sacbee.com)
- No shock about foster kids and sex traffickers (miamiherald.com)
- NY taxi drivers get sex trafficking lesson (thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com)