The conclusion of Santa Barbara County’s first human trafficking trial ended with a dramatic courtroom ending.
It sounds like something you would see on a primetime TV police drama or something:
“Brannon Pitcher, who was sentenced to 38 years to life in prison Friday for trafficking a 16-year-old girl, is seen here with his attorney, Christine Voss, before he is escorted out of the courtroom by bailiffs for shouting at Judge Brian Hill.”
While I am not surprised that a sex trafficker would lack judicial respect, I am surprised that this is Santa Barbara’s first human trafficking trial. Hopefully this is the first of many convictions of those who enslave these poor girls into prostitution.
The stories surrounding the case frame the issue of sex trafficking in the United States. The victim was raped at a young age, her mother was prostituted by her own father, drugs were involved, and the victim even believed that she loved her trafficker.
And to bring things further into perspective, after being trashed by hundreds of men in just a few years, she works a $9 an hour retail job after earning $200 an hour for her former pimp.
What a harsh world these girls face.
And this is why prevention is so important.