Teen Prostitute at the Center of Underage Prostitution Scheme Wins $1,000,000 Settlement

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As we previously reported- back in September, seven California officers were charged with an underage prostitution scheme.  Five were members of Oakland police department one member of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, and one member of the Livermore Police Department.

Jasmin Abuslin, who went by Celest Guap is a police dispatcher’s daughter and has revealed that she had had sex with around 24 officers.

Abuslin has told reporters that she has involved herself with other officers in part to avoid going to jail. Officers who were in a position of power took advantage of a young girl trying to stay afloat and avoid getting in deeper than she already was. Instead of encouraging Abuslin to come forward to expose other dirty cops and to get out of sex work, officers used their authority to intimidate and pressure the teen to keep quiet in order to take advantage of her, and for what her attorney described as “modern day slavery” she has taken her grievance to court nad has been awarded 1 million dollars.

Jasmin Abuslin, a police dispatcher’s daughter, revealed that she had had sex with around 24 officers while working as a prostitute called Celeste Guap.

She said that many of them had paid for sex in the city of Oakland, California.

When she threatened to expose one officer, Brendan O’Brien, he took his own life. However, she shared information about her encounters and that led to several officers lost their jobs from various law enforcement agencies.

For her trauma and the wrong doings of law enforcement, Abuslin took the case court seeking a $66 million payout- in the end receiving only a fraction.

Rebecca Caplan, Oakland councilwoman, said: ‘It is time to pay the settlement agreement to let this young woman get on with her life and her healing, but also for Oakland to step up and change the culture in the police department and change how we recruit and train our officers.’

The case came to light in 2015 following officer O’Brien’s suicide after he left a note saying that others were involved.

Officers paid for a hotel room for Abuslin – who no longer works as a prostitute – to work out of, acting out pimps and telling her what she should wear.

They also told her where police were monitoring prostitutes so that she could avoid them and one officer had sex with her in his patrol car.

Her lawyer, John Burris, described her treatment as being similar to ‘modern day slavery.’

He added: ‘The settlement occurred with no admission of liability, but obviously if you pay $1million, you figure you got some responsibility.’

Dan Black, Brian Bunton, Ricardo Perez, Warit Utappa,  Tyrell Smith, Leroy Johnson, Giovani LoVerde have all been charged over the allegations.

Police chiefs Shan Whent, Ben Fairow and Paul Figueroa all quit over the scandal.

Ms. Abuslin was a teen offering sexual services to these officers under duress. While many are quick to judge individuals who are sex workers, the fact is that these men who are paid to protect citizens took advantage of a young girl in a vulnerable position for their depraved needs- and for that, they and their employers must face the repercussions. Do you think that justice was served in this case? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

(Article By Tasha Sharifa)

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