Keynote speakers Leora Joseph and DA for 18th Judicial District George Brauchler.
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
Both managing deputy district attorney Leora Joseph and district attorney, 18th Judicial District George Brauchler focused on the topic of human trafficking – larger and more prevalent than you might think possible. Brauchler praised his managing deputy DA for her passion and recognized and complimented the work of his high school classmate, Dr. Scott Siegfried, who was in the audience.
However, it was unavoidable not to touch briefly on the recent tragedy at the charter STEM School in Highlands Ranch. The prevalent theme for both is hurt people, hurt people.
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There is a direct link between homelessness and human trafficking. Many victims are runaways and the average life expectancy (males and females) is seven years after that kind of life is begun. Situations frequently lead to suicide and addiction. Almost all “deals” begin online.
“Thanks to George Brauchler,” said Leora Joseph, “there are now online sting operations.”
Since the state legislation in 2014, human trafficking is a crime. Sex labor and human trafficking go hand in hand. Human trafficking and sexual exploitation is a multibillion-dollar industry. The annual income of a pimp is $200,000.
Prosecutors must follow the constitutional rules for defendants in any case making it an ordeal for victims to testify in court and bring justice. She has had to put six-year-olds on the stand. Imagine! The largest, longest sentence for an individual for human trafficking was 400 years to life. 99 percent of those assaulted occur in the home. Joseph also called for the audience to be thoughtful and mindful of where we focus our efforts and to change our language – dismissing behavior as “just prostitution” or “just a bachelor party”…
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