Sex Trafficking Victim Speaks Out In Court
By Tony Hanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The horror of human trafficking has a face — and a voice — and a federal judge has heard victim impact from a victim of a convicted sex trafficker.
The prosecution is seeking a life sentence — on top of a 40 to 80 year sentence already imposed for rape, prostitution and drug crimes in Bucks County.
Prosecutor Michelle Morgan says in a sentencing memo that defendant Enoch Smith destroyed another human being.
“She was 16 when she met this defendant,” Morgan said. “She had never used crack before and had worked as a prostitute, and she testified that by the time she was 17, as a result of meeting him, she was doing both.”
Morgan says Smith lured the naive, vulnerable teen, who is now 20 years old, into prostitution and drug addiction that the victim admits she can not shake:
“I am not the same person I used to be,” she said. “It changed me a lot. I can’t seem to stay out of jail. It seems like prostitution is the only thing I know.”
She says she tries to forget, but can’t, but it’s not hopeless. Right now, she is waiting to get into a program:
“This will be the last thing that can help me move forward in life. I want to be a different person. I want to be the person I was when I was 16, 17 years old. Actually want to do stuff with myself. That’s all.”
The judge has delayed the imposition of sentence because the defendant said he needed more time to prepare.