Thursday, June 28, 2012
Sexually Trafficked Youth Need LGBT Support
Courtesy Washington Times
Written by Holly Smith
WASHINGTON, DC, June 27 2012 - As celebrations for Gay Pride Month come to a close, I’d like to take a moment to point out a troubling gap in services for gay and transgender youth who have been commercially sexually exploited.
In March of this year, Project Q Atlanta reported that Atlanta drag queen personality Pasha Nicole received a 14-year prison sentence for “forcing a transgender teenager into prostitution,” among other offenses related to trafficking.
Nicole, known legally as Christopher Thomas Lynch, was charged alongside her 35-year-old roommate and gay bar go-go dancer, Steven Donald Lemery. WSBTV reported the following pending charges against Lemery: five counts of aggravated child molestation, two counts of human trafficking, child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, and pandering by compulsion.
What’s most troubling in this story is the trauma inflicted on the victims.
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