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An Article about Sexually Abused

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The Atlantic City High School senior had been rescued from her prostitute mother and drug-addicted father when she was just 5 years old. Wed May 18. May 18. 2011. There were special dinner dates and regular manicures. 2011 7:30 am | Updated: 7:47 am. At 16. But a year later. By LYNDA COHEN Staff Writer | “Lisa” never thought she would be selling herself for money. III-BB May 19. 2011 Underage sex trade in Atlantic City preys on girls as young as 12 Posted: Wednesday. Still. after running away from three programs meant to help her.Elliot. nightmares began to haunt Lisa. her parents included her in a trip to Mexico. the Toms River couple who adopted her were aware of their new daughter’s troubled past and worked hard to make the girl happy and feel part of a loving family. Taking her from a troubled life in Atlantic City. she found herself in an Atlantic City casino hotel room trying to . family trips to places such as Disney World and Aruba. dredging up the childhood sexual abuse she had suffered and making her want to hurt others the way she was hurting. Derleane D.

Girls ages 12 and 13 — some from the southern New Jersey area. so they don’t appear in arrest statistics. Unlike drugs. “That wasn’t even touching on the children who are brought in from another state. Atlantic County had six in 2008 and five in 2009. “you can sell a person over and over and over again. But the majority are underage Americans. he said. who are not street-level prostitutes. But those numbers are not complete: Girls sold into prostitution are considered victims. “Some are sold 30 times in a day. a county-formed board that provides help to humantrafficking victims. That business is spurred by demand. The FBI says Lisa and the other females in this story are the victims of sexual crimes and as such are not identified in criminal complaints.” LomanginoDiMauro said. such as online advertisements. where girls such as Lisa are used as a product for those who provide a different kind of entertainment. others from other states — have been found being sold for sex. referring to minors brought across state lines who are then sold into sex uses by other means. co-chair of the Anti-Trafficking Task Force of Atlantic County. Accordingly. The Press is not identifying the women in this article with their actual names. Often. Caught somewhere between the casinos’ allure and impoverished neighborhoods lies a secret Atlantic City. One in which sex with underage girls is a big business. “The .explain to an older man that the sex her pimp had promised was not something she wanted to do.” said Sinari. down 50 percent from the year before. said Dawne Lomangino-DiMauro.” The most recent state Uniform Crime Report numbers show 16 juveniles were arrested for prostitution or commercialized vice in 2009. a founding member of ATTAC. who does outreach for Atlantic City’s Covenant House. said Alex Sinari. they are teenage girls forced into the life of selling their bodies mostly to benefit someone else. People often connect “human trafficking” to foreign-born victims. Raped 30 times a day. Lisa's story is common in Atlantic City.

Rodney Ruark said.” The street isn’t even where police find the majority of the girls these days. it is the women on the street.” Lisa said. Lisa was . “There are all different types. “That’s when I had my first meltdown. College officials confirmed the study but said the report was not ready for publication.” How they get there varies. Lisa’s adoptive mom put her in a hospital and almost lost her job because she wanted to be there for her daughter. when she was a successful athlete at Toms River High School South. Often. she will be approached by a pimp or exploiter.com and backpa ge. some are just on the street and have nowhere to go. who are picked up and arrested. Sinari said of his experience working with trafficking victims.com. “Some are runaways who have been lured. some of them are involved in drugs. She was diagnosed as bipolar with borderline personality and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders. Pacific Avenue has been replaced by craigslist. About a year later. “It’s just staggering how prevalent this problem is.” Ruark said of online investigations. police records show.” ‘My first meltdown’ This wasn’t where Lisa saw herself three years earlier. however. Some of them have been kidnapped. “We don’t see them walking around too much in the casinos. Researchers interviewed both prostitutes and pimps and conducted a census of underage teenaged prostitutes working Atlantic City’s streets.” Lomangino-DiMauro said. Lomangino-DiMauro said. But at 16. there has been one pimp arrest since the beginning of this year and two outstanding cases from last year. Within 48 hours of a child taking to the street. and not the pimp selling them. “There are a few other small escort service websites out there. Atlantic City police Sgt. things changed when the demons that haunted her from her first five years of life started to show.” In Atlantic City.numbers are just astounding when you think about it like that. Teen prostitution in Atlantic City is the subject of a study by John Jay College in New York.

Sienna was a true friend. too.” he told her. The two-day suspension left her with no place to turn.’ who also was bipolar. She ran away. Lisa went to the girl’s house and was shown an expensive pair of shoes. The girl asked if Lisa wanted to make money in the casinos. During an argument with another resident. Lisa was getting counseling and taking her medication. Two more programs — and two more runaways — later. The next man expected more. When the girl in the video passed by someone who could help her. She even found a close friend in ‘Sienna. she was inside a casino hotel room with her bra off. At 15. she wound up at the Covenant House.put in her first program to get her some help. So. Lisa wondered why the girl didn’t call out. she returned to the girl’s home. saying she would work — but just for one night and just dancing. she broke rules by making public a private matter. But Lisa soon got in trouble there. Then. Lisa was at the Covenant House one day when a girl she knew from school showed up. Difficulty finding help Now 18.” the teen said. Eventually. Lisa couldn’t hide her distress. . the other girls in the house wouldn’t let her leave. she sneaked out a back window and got back to the Covenant House. The 25-year-old woman acting as her pimp was there. but Lisa knew what that meant and said she wasn’t interested. determined to graduate on time. dancing for an older man. “I really don’t want to do this. But as the man tried to have sex with her. her adoptive mother had shown her a video on human trafficking. she said. A few hours later. Unlike the kids back in Toms River who used Lisa to gain access to her backyard pool and the gifts she gave them. Lisa still doesn’t know why she didn’t say anything to the security guard she passed downstairs as she walked the casino floor. a place for runaway teens that gets them the help they need. Then she began to cry. She was at Atlantic City High School. “I’ll make this quick and painless. The girl said she was thinking of staying at the center and asked Lisa to help her move in.

Lisa called Sienna’s cell number daily for a month — getting no answer — and told anyone who would listen that her friend was in trouble.” LomanginoDiMauro said.” she said. “(Expletive) you. “I had a gut feeling that they had her.” “They are not child prostitutes.” It was the last Lisa heard from Sienna.” Lisa told her. Lisa said she thinks she figured no one would believe her. then took her phone. the focus for bringing in a new working girl fell on Sienna. Sinari said. . Sinari said. I’m here doing this because I want to. After getting picked up by someone else. They are commercially. Lisa got a call from Sienna saying she was with her boyfriend and was going to New York to work and shop. “I was so emotional when they found her. The woman she was working for made her tell Lisa that story. the FBI found Sienna working in a casino. “I thought she was already dead. “That’s the survival instinct. “They are prostituted children.Looking back on her own chance to ask for help.” Sinari often is greeted with when he first meets a prostituted teen. That was true when she told them about Sienna. she was able to get her cell phone back from the woman she had worked for and quickly texted a friend and asked her to come get her. It was frustrating because I knew she was out there and no one wanted to hear me. “She was strong about graduating. The misconception. Lisa didn’t know Sienna ended up going with the woman. and so did the Covenant House’s lawyer. sexually exploited children. The day after Lisa worked in the casino. “Don’t go. Sienna is out of the area and in counseling both for her emotional scars and her addiction that was worsened by the drugs she was forced to take while working. Lisa was told. But when “Sienna” showed up. She had never gone to New York. “There’s trouble there.” Now. to be honest.” But Sinari did. In March.” Lisa said.” The sex-charged youth culture doesn’t help. is that these girls — even those not at the age of consent — are willing participants. Even they sometimes give that idea. an Atlantic City High School senior.

” Ruark said. the Atlantic City police sergeant. When Corcoran delivered the news — and the daughter back home — the father “was very upset . these are children. “She seemed like she had a good head on her shoulders.” Getting the girls help is another hurdle. It is unclear why the girl was there or how she got involved. “It’s a sordid world.” said Ruark. Sinari isn’t surprised by anything anymore. “I wouldn’t think that’s something a 13-year-old would come up with on her own.” Lomangino-DiMauro said. unfortunately.Children. you pretty much know there’s sex offered. “It was very heartbreaking. “What society needs to remember is.” she said. “It just changes the way you look at things when you roll down the street.” Lisa. who once wanted to work in fashion.” he said.” Ruark said. Lomangino-DiMauro said. “Some of the children go back to their traffickers because we don’t necessarily have the funding or the resources to get them off the street right away.” One Pleasantville father recently learned that lesson. “When there’s a demand. Ruark said.” Her father had no idea where she was. Officer Daniel Corcoran found out what the 13-year-old girl was really doing when she propositioned the undercover Atlantic City police officer at a casino. He points to the sign advertising a spa: “When the front door is in an alley. She wasn’t a drug addict or anything. the traffickers consider (the girls) a product.” he said during a recent car ride through Atlantic City. To stop the traffickers. “We do have a group of volunteers who try to assess and work to get them in the right places. you need to stop the demand. not products. But after all he’s seen. “Jennifer” left home one Friday night in February.. Hours later. You really have to be aware of what your kid is doing out there. telling her father she was staying at a friend’s house. now sees her .” And there are too many willing customers. not products “The word pimp has become a superlative in our society.. he was crying.

We’ve buried people who didn’t make that choice.” she said.pressofatlanticcity. But she knows her mix of street smarts and luck has served her well.” Sinari said. and she’s hoping to help others like her. “I’ve seen it go the other way.calling in law enforcement. He sees an inner strength in the girl who has a vulnerability in her dark eyes that belies the tough talk and matter-of-fact exterior. But Sinari doesn’t think it’s luck that saved Lisa time and again. “I didn’t like the law when I was younger because they would always take my biological parents away.” http://www. The same determination that helped authorities locate her friend. “I think it’s a character thing.com/ news/breaking/underage-sex-tradein-atlantic-city-preys-on-girlsas/article_69dca46c-80eb-11e0b314-001cc4c03286. “I don’t know how my luck hasn’t run out yet.” she said. helping those like herself.html .