Police seek possible young victims of alleged pimp - Yahoo! News
Having a daughter myself, I find this to be a disgusting case but I take issue with describing the victims as "babies". What oversight do you have over your children that they are on the internet talking to grown men? It seems to me that if they don't know that they shouldn't be talking to 30 year old men, then it's because the parents are not teaching them the basic rules of the world. Not only that but they haven't been taught to think of themselves as kids but something more.LOS ANGELES – The case of an alleged pimp suspected of abducting two teenage girls and keeping them captive while forcing them into prostitution could include dozens of other victims, authorities said Monday.
Police urged other possible victims of suspect Leroy Bragg to come forward.
Bragg, 34, was arrested Sept. 28 and charged with trafficking a minor, solicitation and other crimes in the alleged abduction of a 13-year-old girl.
He also is suspected of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl, though charges have not been filed in that case.
"We believe that Mr. Bragg had encounters with many of our young women in Los Angeles," police Capt. Ann Young said. "This is such a hideous crime. These young women ... are babies, basically."
I know it's California and coming from there, I know it's hard to watch your kids at all times but there's really no excuse for being unaware of what your kid is doing on the internet or setting preemptive measures so that they don't fall victim to predators. If this pervert has done it to dozens of young girls then it's got to be because not only is it easy to find these girls but there is obviously a lack of parental oversight and it's not just in California as cases like this one pop up all over the U.S. every few months.
Teenage culture in America is not something I claim to understand but to me there seems to be a very serious dichotomy. We tell our kids that they're allowed to drink with their friends at 15. We allow them to get tattoos at 17. We tell them it's fine for them to get abortions at 16. But the minute somebody kidnaps one of them they're seen as babies? Where exactly do we draw the line for when we should stop calling them 'kids'? Does the liberty we, as a society, allow them to have really make them 'children'?