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Articles and essays by Glenn Campbell on Family Court issues.
This is a 1-page flyer (Issue #38) distributed electronically at Family Court and the Clark County Government Center in Las Vegas on March 24, 2008. The full issue is shown above. It is also available here as a PDF File and an html file. (For authenticity, the newsletter should be printed on canary (yellow) paper.)
NOTE: Due to high printing costs, distribution of this issue on paper will be very limited, but you are welcome to print it yourself and give it to whomever you like.
A safe house could protect the girls, advocates say, and allow them to start receiving treatment and counseling to allow them to try to break free from their pimps' often strong emotional grips.
Now, most girls awaiting resolutions to their cases - a period that can amount to weeks or even months - stay at the county's Juvenile Detention Center, something that only "revictimizes" the girls, advocates say.
"We need to find a place outside of Juvie that's secure," Chief Deputy Public Defender Susan Roske said. "We desperately need this program."
A safe house almost was created a year ago. A home in a residential neighborhood was found and security equipment had been donated by businesses. But the plan was scuttled early by the new director of Juvenile Justice Services, Cherie Townsend, who concluded that other resources, such as WestCare, weren't being sufficiently used, and that there weren't enough girls in need of a safe house to justify funding the program.
For Christina, Voy creates a short term, therapeutic foster home. Long-term, for the others like her, Voy imagines what he calls a "safe house." ...
A "secure residential assessment center" to satisfy the needs of the girls -- and the system.
"We want the girls out of detention. This seems like the perfect answer," said Juvenile Public Defender Susan Roske.
The Juvenile Public Defender and the Juvenile District Attorney support the project, but with Clark County resources strapped, it will take private dollars to make it reality. ...
Supporters of the safe house propose a public/private partnership. It will take $2 million in private money to build the facility. He then hopes to staff it with county employees.
There is no way to put exact numbers on how many children are involved, but the women's crisis group, Shared Hope, tried to shed light on the extent of the sex trafficking of minors. The organization provided these interviews with child prostitutes as well as traffickers to highlight the problem. ...
Nationwide, 100,000 to 300,000 children are at risk for sexual exploitation. The average age for children to be sold into prostitution is 12 to 14. Here in Clark County, 30-percent of victims were sold for sex by family members.
Our county also has the highest number of juvenile prostitution cases in the U.S. The study found that one third of the minors trapped into prostitution in Las Vegas are from here. Two thirds are from 40 different states and brought here to be bought.
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