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    CA - Police seek possible young victims of L.A. pimp

    I am here to attest, if it can happen to our child, it can happen to yours. At work, at school, during the middle of the night. When you least expect it. If you think your 12 or 13 year old child doesn't know how to use Myspace under an assumed name (at school or in the library--breaking through firewalls), you are sadly mistaken. Even children who function at extremely low cognitive levels are being preyed on as we speak.


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101005/...ljZXNlZWtwbw--

    Police seek possible young victims of alleged pimp

    "The case of an alleged pimp suspected of abducting two teenage girls and keeping them captive while forcing them into prostitution could include dozens of other victims, authorities said Monday.

    Police urged other possible victims of suspect Leroy Bragg to come forward.Bragg, 34, was arrested Sept. 28 and charged with trafficking a minor, solicitation and other crimes in the alleged abduction of a 13-year-old girl. He also is suspected of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl, though charges have not been filed in that case.

    "We believe that Mr. Bragg had encounters with many of our young women in Los Angeles," police Capt. Ann Young said. "This is such a hideous crime. These young women ... are babies, basically....."

    and

    "....Pimps often tattoo girls with their name or a symbol as a way of asserting control, police Cmdr. Michael Moriarty said. They frequently use the Internet to search for potential victims. Often, they reach out on social networking sites and make elaborate promises...."

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    http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/s...e-pimp-arrest/

    Leroy Bragg, Alleged Hawthorne Pimp Accused Of Using 13-Year-Old, May Be Linked To Teen Trafficking Ring And Missing Krystina Cordasco


    "Authorities say Leroy Bragg is a pimp of the worst kind -- a man who allegedly put a 13-year-old girl on the streets of the Los Angeles area to sell her body for his benefit. Now police fear the case of a 14-year-old Krystina Cordasco, a girl missing from Upland, might be connected to Bragg, too.

    The 34-year-old Hawthorne man was arrested Tuesday night. Cops think he might be tied into a prostitution ring that preys on middle-school girls. The case is so egregious that the FBI has joined the Los Angeles Police Department's investigation into what could be a human trafficking ring...."

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    So where's the creep's photo? I'd imagine there aren't too many pimps called "Snipe King" running around L.A., but still, a photo would help past victims to make a positive ID. The very sight of his face might move some into action who would otherwise shy away.
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    why does his name sound familiar?

    hmm ...

    I'm glad the FBI has joined the investigation

    those poor girls )-;

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    Thank goodness, the 14 year old was found. I don't know what it is about the constant running and then returning but our daughter did it too. It was really perplexing as she seemed so conflicted.

    http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/c...een-pimp-lapd/

    Krystina Cordasco, Missing 14-Year-Old Feared Used By Pimp, Found Safe: Police Say There Could Be Other Victims Of Suspect Leroy Bragg


    "​Police on Monday said a missing 14-year-old believed to have been used by an alleged pimp was found safe, but that he could have put dozens of others of teenage girls on the streets is Southern California.

    Los Angeles police Capt. Ann Young called the victims' experience allegedly working for Leroy Bragg "traumatic."

    Authorities believe 14-year-old Krystina Cordasco, a runaway from Upland, was put to work before she was found. Another girl, a 13-year-old from Hawthorne, was also alleged to be one of Bragg's victims...."

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    Small photo at bottom of this article:

    http://lapdblog.typepad.com/lapd_blo...dnapping-.html

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    Anyone who thinks that the parents weren't watching this child closely enough, might want to talk to me. Not only were my husband and I tremendously protective of our daughter, but she had two case managers, she was in a transitional school and traveled everywhere with a trained aid. She rode a special bus and was met at school by an aid who shadowed her. We live in a town of 20,000 where most every one knows of our family. She was sneaking out at night, though, and lying about her required work hours. She would literally get dropped off at the nursing home where she sang to those near death, and walk out the back into a waiting car. Because it was a volunteer position as required by her school, there were no time cards. She snowed everybody!! And being that she's very challenged, she had a lot of help.

    I still cringe when I think of the large bruise on her face, the last time I saw her. She told me that one of the residents at the nursing home where she worked had hit her and kept waving me off as I tried to look at it. It had happened before and we stupidly bought it. We learned later that there'd been so such incidents. These girls, for whatever reason, are drawn in and cannot get loose.


    "Doesburg [the girl's father] described his daughter as a goofy girl who went to school and did her homework until she encountered Bragg while on a trip with friends to Los Angeles. He alleged that Bragg kidnapped her and forced her to engage in sex with men for money.

    He called her very intelligent and persuasive, but said she is showing signs of addiction to Ecstasy and drug GHB, and uses marijuana.

    "It's disheartening," the father said. "You have your dreams for your little girls. Not six months ago, we were talking about how she was going to the charter school and wanted to go to school and college."

    The father said his daughter was arrested last week in Los Angeles and returned home. She has described living in apartments with other girls who have been forced to meet with men from North Hollywood to Los Angeles to the South Bay.

    Each had a quota and was beaten if they could not meet it.

    "She is constantly in danger and who knows if the next guy she is with might kill her," he said. "You've just got to believe and be positive and let God be in control."

    Prosecutors said Bragg uses the alias Edwards Quincy and the street name, "Snipe King." Krystina has the words "King Snipe's B**ch" tattooed on her right breast, her father said.

    "It's crazy," the father said. "He's been drugging her twice a day...."

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    I've really worried about this case. The call for more victims seemed to fall on deaf (or terrified ears). Oh, how I hoped some of these young girls would find the courage to speak out. They have!!

    http://www.myfoxla.com/dpp/news/inve...avery-20101109

    Teenage Girls Sold As Sex Slaves


    Los Angeles - Teenage girls are being snatched and tricked into turning tricks. Easy prey for pimps, they're forced into sex slavery and moved from state to state, locked in a nightmare...."

    and

    "...."There's a romance period that draws the girl in. At one point, a change occurs where the girl realizes that the door's locked and she can't leave. She will be raped. She will be forced to perform sex acts. She will be beaten. There will be violence. That can happen in a matter of 12 hours."

    And then, the pimp will turn her out, forcing her into prostitution, with street-walking replaced by online sex ads....."

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    And:

    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?se...rticle-7779218

    Charges added against alleged Hawthorne pimp

    "The Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced six more charges against a Hawthorne resident accused of abducting teenage girls and forcing them into prostitution.

    Leroy Bragg is an ex-felon. The new charges against him include an additional count of kidnapping...."

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    He called her very intelligent and persuasive, but said she is showing signs of addiction to Ecstasy and drug GHB, and uses marijuana.

    "It's disheartening," the father said. "You have your dreams for your little girls. Not six months ago, we were talking about how she was going to the charter school and wanted to go to school and college."

    The father said his daughter was arrested last week in Los Angeles and returned home. She has described living in apartments with other girls who have been forced to meet with men from North Hollywood to Los Angeles to the South Bay.

    Each had a quota and was beaten if they could not meet it.

    "She is constantly in danger and who knows if the next guy she is with might kill her," he said. "You've just got to believe and be positive and let God be in control."

    Prosecutors said Bragg uses the alias Edwards Quincy and the street name, "Snipe King." Krystina has the words "King Snipe's B**ch" tattooed on her right breast, her father said.

    "It's crazy," the father said. "He's been drugging her twice a day...."

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    OMG, He tattooed her? I hope he fries, and they are able to bring more down with his arrest, and hopefully rescue more little girls forced into this lifestyle

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    From what the FBI agent told me, while helping us search for our daughter, the tattoo (or branding) comes almost immediately. When the two special needs twin teens disappeared from Malibu in August 2008, they were found within the week and one girl had already been tattooed by the man who lured them via Myspace. Those girls' story is identical to what happened to our daughter...except that she's still missing. Also note that, in the twins' case, they were picked up by women. That is also common as the girls feel more safe leaving with other women. Teens typically are promised shopping or a special party. Then they are delivered straight into the pimp's clutches. The pimps seem to relish locating girls who have enticing bodies but slow minds as they can be more easily controlled.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,404481,00.html

    Before Craigslist "toned" it down somewhat, the pimp's brands could be seen on many of the girls offered online.

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    Wow, I hadn't realized the "branding" happens so fast! Such a scary world we live in, I have 2 little girls, but they only have a few years before they would be prime material for these pimps, and that scares the you know what out of me!


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    Mommy23--I was going to just let your comment go. I know you are a loving and caring mom but I also realize that I've been around the proverbial block more than I care to admit so I must comment.

    Tragically, as we see over and over here on WS, there is no such thing as too young. Newborn infants, toddlers, five year olds.....each has a "following". Sick and perverted minds will exploit the innocence of our babies at the drop of a hat.

    You are correct that you have some years yet to influence and involve yourself in your children's daily experiences. Keep the communication open--nothing is off limits to discuss. If they don't bring it up--you bring it up--uncomfortable as it might be. Listen, really listen, while just nodding your head. Children are terrified of upsetting us, scaring us, disappointing us. I suggest developing a "mask" that you put on when things get tough to disguise your shock or anguish or have the tough discussions while washing dishes or in the car. If you appear shocked, children stop speaking and turn their worries inward.

    There is no way on this earth for parents to be everywhere or to shadow children. It wouldn't be healthy anyway. Just lay the foundation strong and true, be available, laugh, keep touching, try never to part with harsh words, write notes when talking is at a flashpoint, and praise every little step towards trust. They will stumble and make foolish mistakes. It's a given. As long as they know the rules, they'll have shame and shame is a healthy reaction to misbehavior. It's not really what they do--it's how you respond.

    Parenting is surely not for the faint of heart but it's the greatest adventure in the world.

    Cherish your girls' innocence and preserve it as long as you can. Be exceptionally clear about family boundaries and expectations. Children need to know exactly where the line in the sand is at all times. Never be afraid to be the "mean or strict" mom (done graciously, of course). They will honestly thank you later. You will be setting boundaries for them when they are not yet capable. Help them grow into strong and independent young women. The teen years can be challenging but I promise there's an amazing reward at the end of the tunnel.....incredible young women who cherish their mother.

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    Missizzy, I just want to say how awesome that I think you are. I've read a lot on Websleuths, have only been active as of recently; but I've read a lot of your posts seeing as Human Trafficking is also a # 1 concern of mine, & I have a daughter.

    I hope like h*ll that they find your baby girl, & I've read of what you have been through.

    You are an inspiration. To many.
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    Missizzy,

    Is this the same pimp that was on last weeks America's most wanted show? In that case, the victim is older now but she told her story. This pimp was about to send her off to Japan. If it is the same guy, maybe your daughter got shipped overseas to Japan?

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    http://www.amw.com/fugitives/case.cfm?id=75560

    This is the guy I was talking about and the case. He was captured in CA. I'm wondering if this guy who got caught would know the other guy and all who are in the biz of kidnapping and human trafficking. This guy probably has information and I pray to God they work hard to get it out of him.

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    Missizzy~

    I love your knowledge, and you are so right, it can happen anytime. I am a strict "overprotective" Mom, is there such a thing? We just moved into our first house, always apartments before, and I thought I would relax a little bit about the kids playing outside and such, we have 4 huge dogs, and a 6 foot privacy fence, and I still go sit outside while they are playing outback. I read too much WS to shake my fear of what could happen, what has become reality for others.

    ANd now reading a new article about another RSO in my area! I haven't seen much on the trafficking around here, not that it prob doesn't exist....

    I feel like I am rambling.......;p

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