An MS-13 gang member named Rances Ulices Amaya was arrested this week in Springfield, VA, my part of town, for prostituting several juvenile runaway girls. See this FBI Press Release for details. Interestingly, I also read somewhere that the girls themselves are being charged with prostitution. If true one questions how the government can do this and simultaneously charge Mr. Amaya with sex trafficking of a minor. Of course, while Mr. Amaya is being charged by the Federal government, the girls are presumably being charged by the Commonwealth of Virginia. In any case, the reason for the apparent contradiction likely lies in the intentions and level of willingness of the juvenile girls. This may be hard to prove, but that’s probably what it will come down to in any criminal proceedings against the girls. Hopefully theirs isn’t another case of government treating victims of human trafficking as criminal perpetrators. These events are literally close to home for me, so I’ll be following the cases against Mr. Amaya and the girls closely.