A California teenager has filed a lawsuit against two police departments and accused them of forcing her into child prostitution, as reported by Courthouse News.
Jasmine Abuslin, now 19, has accused six Richmond police officers of sexually trafficking her and even accuses current Police Chief Allwyn Brown and former Police Chief Chris Magnus of knowing about the criminal malfeasance and failing to put a stop to it.
The criminal complaint argues that Abuslin worked as a child prostitute for the Richmond police force, noting she was an “exclusively department retained sex worker” for the officers and “available to them for sexual favors and pleasure in exchange for paid monies, protection, or other forms of consideration.”
Abuslin, who also goes by the name Celeste Guap, has already been awarded $989,000 for a similar series of complaints directed at the Oakland Police Department, according to CBS San Francisco.
The case against the Richmond police force could be even more damning, with 11 officers already singled out for discipline in the scandal.
“This is terribly outrageous,” her attorney John Burris told Courthouse News. “They took advantage of a vulnerable young person. Girls like this are always suffering from some psychological deficit of some kind. Instead of acknowledging that and getting her help, they took advantage of her vulnerabilities. That’s the most negative and damning aspect of this.”
Abuslin paints a shocking picture of several California police departments, claiming that officers acted as her pimp, had sex with her in their patrol cars and paid her in cash and, incredibly, Cheetos, court documents note. Her lawyer has called her experience akin to “modern day slavery.”
The allegations came to light when an Oakland police officer, Brendan O’Brien, committed suicide, allegedly due to the burgeoning scandal, and implicated several officers of their involvement with Abuslin in his suicide note, as reported by The Mercury News.
Since then, many officers have been fired or suspended from departments all over the Bay Area. Seven current and former Oakland officers have faced criminal charges for their involvement with the 19-year-old. So far, one has pleaded guilty.
Burris says that Richmond won’t be the last police force to face a lawsuit in this matter. His client has plans to sue the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department, the Livermore Police Department, and possibly the San Francisco Police Department.
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