What happened to Lisa?

Age: 40

Lt. Harold Barker was the arresting officer for a traffick operation in 2005. Out of the 27 girls taken in only 7 would testify against their former “bosses.” Out Of that 7, only 2 proved to be mentally sound for court because of PTSD symptoms. Lisa Turner, one of the trafficked persons, was the only one to testify. She was the oldest worker and had been in the ring the longest; the defense berated her until she too broke down on the stand.

Lisa’s testimony was thrown out because her memories may have been “distorted” due to PTSD. The only charges that stuck on her captors were drug charges.


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