On December 3, 2014, Deshawnda “Ta-Ta” Sanchez, a transgender woman, was trying to run to safety after she was robbed and assaulted. Sanchez was shot and…
Brenda Myers-Powell, a former prostitute who now works as a peer specialist and counselor for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, speaks to female inmates at a meeting of Prostitution Anonymous at the Cook County Jail in Chicago, on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Myers-Powell, who leads the group, says independence should be the goal. Early in the process, it’s good for the public to understand that victims are victims, she says. “But you can’t stay a victim forever,” she says. “At some point, you become a survivor.” (AP Photo/Martha Irvine) by Martha IrvineAP National Writer CICERO, Ill. (AP) — Cops in the Chicago area call it a “track,” a stretch of street known for its steady sex trade. Women in tight, scant clothing stand in high heels on street corners along an industrial strip in suburban Cicero. Customers, usually men, slow their cars and roll down a window.
Vincent George Sr., right, and Vincent George Jr. listen to closing arguments in a courtroom in New York, June 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) by Colleen LongAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The evidence of sex trafficking was tattooed on the bodies of the prostitutes: Their pimps’ names branded onto skin, scrolled across chests and inked onto pelvises, prosecutors said. They were women so traumatized by their horrible circumstances that they lied on the witness stand to protect their abusers in a criminal trial in Manhattan, prosecutors said during closing arguments Thursday in the case. Three women testified that they begged the father and son team for the tattoos, eager to show their love for the men. They said they were one big happy family, living a suburban life as “wife-in-laws” in Allentown, Pa., commuting by night about 100 miles to work the Manhattan streets.