The U.S. Attorney’s Office has reported a 600% increase in human trafficking in the last 5 years; most of these involve sex trafficking of children:
A San Diego man has been sentenced to 12 years prison after he pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of children. The man was identified as a “pimp” when detectives discovered his connection to online advertisements for escorts involving underage girls working as prostitutes.
One of the girls who worked for the suspect, described him as “ruthless” and “crazy”. She also stated that he physically assaulted for hiding money from him. Court documents further showed that the man beat the girl and took the money she made from prostitution to buy sneakers from a Gucci store.
An 8-year-old California boy was removed from his home after adults in the residence were arrested for various drug charges. Deputies found methamphetamine and arrested the 6 adults on several charges, including probably cause of using a controlled substance and a felony bench warrant. A 51-year-old woman at the resident was arrested on probable cause of willful cruelty to a child without injury or death and several drug charges. The rest of the adults were charged for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia drug charges. A San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy stated that only two suspects were in possession of meth and that the others were under the influence of the ring. Although two juveniles were found in the home, an 8-year-old and a 17-year-old, the youngest was the only one taken into custody.
Roubena Hartounian was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and neglect at her day-care center, Bina’s Family Child Care, after a 2-year-old under her care was hospitalized for being under the influence of marijuana.
City officials discovered that the residential day-care had no power, and there were rat droppings scattered inside. The police turned away eight people who arrived and tried to drop off their children.
It is unfortunate that an adult would put many children in a dangerous situation.
A couple pleaded not guilty to felony child endangerment charges.
They were accused of leaving their 4-month-old son in a car. His temperature rose to dangerous levels, and he died in a hospital.
Can anyone reconcile a parent’s lifetime guilt as a result of allowing their child to die because they were using narcotics and forgot they left their infant child in the car when they remained inside their residence (perhaps using more drugs), notwithstanding the ever rising and burning temperature in their closed vehicle from the summer heat? It is despicable and unforgiving.
This type of conduct only underscores the failure in our system to educate individuals at a very young age as well as adults through relentless media Public Announcements that drugs destroy one’s ability to exercise judgment, causing obvious lapses in memory as well as an inability to function in simple daily activities.
Is there a scintilla of evidence the parents are remorseful? The reporter failed to include any such references, leaving the reader to draw their own conclusion(s).
COMMENTARY BY SAN DIEGO CRIMINAL DEFENSE AND PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY