Victims of Sexual Exploitation Criminally Charged

By Hysen Sisco

In a story out of Utah, a man is being called to testify against a prostituted woman he engaged last year in her trial for prostitution charges, yet he is not being charged for his involvement in her case.

Bruce Wisan, 68, allegedly argued with the woman’s pimp in a motel room where police were called. The 26 year-old woman admitted that she and Wisan had engaged in sexual activity. The police released Wisan and he has only been subpoenaed as a witness at the woman’s trial. His lawyer stated that Wisan was never involved in any criminal activity.

It is discouraging that such cases are commonplace, where influential participants of a crime are released from any responsibility, and the victim of sexual exploitation is charged. Clearly, this woman and other prostituted women are not being protected by the law and treated as the victims they are.

The sex industry draws from the most vulnerable and oppressed in society: women and children. Women who enter into prostitution do so because of a lack of perceivable income options and/or through “force, fraud or coercion,” the legal definition of trafficking. If prostitution is the best employment option for economic reasons, surely it is not …read more

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