The young woman walks into the courtroom. She is familiar with the procedure and feels a sense of relief to be back. She faces charges of prostitution and possession of narcotics. In the public’s eye, she has committed a crime. Most are unaware she is being forced by her “employer” to use these drugs and to sell her body for cash — cash she will never see. In the eyes of the court, this woman is a criminal. The true criminal, however, is her employer.
The culture of tolerance is ignorant to the fact that she may be uneducated on what is happening to her and may not have a safe form of escape. Instead of offering these victims a safe place to go to keep them away from their offenders and the ability to receive the necessary treatment, the courts often charge them as felons, a charge that will follow them for the rest of their lives.