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kiota and 21st century slavery

This story broke on the AP feed via Yahoo fourteen minutes ago.

300,000 kids at risk is absolutely appalling. One kid at risk is too many.
In America, in Israel, wherever.

Kiota is applauding from everywhere she is now. I hear her.
As a crusader, she would instantly agree.
As someone whose entire life was eventually claimed by sexual attack, her eyes are still burning bright yellow.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080625/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/child_prostitutes

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missingnothing
Jun. 26th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
I'm not the least bit surprised. Despite not being surprised, I am still very much heart broken over this.
silverplate88
Jun. 26th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
I think it is absolutely wonderful that Ki, through Feb and March, looked for one way after another to get a 17 y/o girl *Judy out of her abusive home somewhere in the eastern US, since both of her parents had been attacking her for years, and the local police / CPS were not doing shit. The plan was to fly Judy secretly [?] out to campus so Ki could ... uhm ... "adopt" her, or hide her, or something, get her linked into CPS out there.

We had talked about the legal and law-enforcement messes that this would land everyone in [especially Kiota!]; of course this was *NOT* what Ki wanted to hear at all. So she persisted. During their phone calls Judy sobbed repeatedly; so did Ki.

Judy turned 18 in May and Ki had already sent her some money for the plane ticket out: the plan had now turned into a "visit" for Ki to meet her IRL on campus, and encourage her to get into college and start her career as a graphic artist since that's what Judy wanted to do.

I think I've written that, right up well into the last two evenings of her life, she was on the phone to TeenHelp to make sure the clients she'd been working with would be smoothly transferred to other counselors so they'd not just get stalled, or would fall through the cracks, after she'd gone.

It's all part of her courage, part of her light that will never ever go out. For me, for others whom she's helped ...
kala_ayule
Jun. 26th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
What a sad, sad world. Like missnothing said, I'm not surprised. That's what is even more sad.
silverplate88
Jun. 26th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
I'm way beyond 'not surprised' and sad. That's why I'm gonna go do something about it. Since I can, and here's the perfect opportunity.
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