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Sex trafficking: society’s dirtiest secret

Of the many mistakes I’ve made in my police career, one looms large.

I recall driving my patrol car through downtown Auburn when three people crossing the street caught my eye. Two were young girls, about 16, wearing clothing best described as skimpy on what was a crisp afternoon; the third was a young man in his early 20’s. They got into an old Chevy as I drove past, and I never saw them again.

Two things occurred to me in the following order. First, a part of my brain ran the image through a racial profiling filter and decided

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Stealing a child’s innocence now carries harsh consequences

In the last few weeks, two articles buried in the TNT’s local section detailed the convictions of two men for seemingly unrelated crimal offenses. But their crimes are not only connected, but intimately so.

On July 3, Gilardo Zaldivar-Guillen, a Sumner man, had the unenviable distinction of becoming the first person convicted of patronizing a juvenile prostitute under a revised sentencing guideline (TNT 7/4).

Under this new guideline, the crime of Commercial Sex Abuse of a Minor (RCW 9.68A.100) was elevated to a Class B felony. That makes it on par with crimes such as Robbery 2nd

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Turning off the Internet pimp engines

Last Thursday, with a flourish of her pen, Governor Gregoire finally confronted the malignant growth of sex trafficking. It’s about time.

Most notably, the Governor’s signature places culpability on the Internet companies that have been unwilling to eradicate the presence of human trafficking from their sites (Trib 3/29).

It has been at least three years since this crime has become a repititive topic of conversation at the regional gang meetings I attend. Since then I have been briefed on numerous prostitution investigations involving young girls, most of whom where under the age of 18,

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