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L.A. County supervisors debate whether to lock up at-risk foster youth
L.A. County supervisors debate whether to lock up at-risk foster youth

It's a universal principle: Lock up the criminal not the victim. No one has ever doubted that the pimps who brazenly exploit the foster care system to profit from the sex trade are criminals. But it took awhile for Los Angeles County decision makers to reach a consensus that the vulnerable children these pimps recruit are not. Now some of the same decision makers are deadlocked on a more complex question: When, if ever, is it OK to lock up the victims — foster children, some as young as 10 — to protect them from aggressively manipulative pimps? In Los Angeles County, foster care authorities, the district attorney, the sheriff, supervisors and voters all have resolved...

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