Bill would protect child victims of human trafficking who commit crimes
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Darlene Pawlik stole cars when she was a teenager. She sold drugs. She broke into liquor stores.
“As a 14- and 15-year-old little girl, I was pretty inconspicuous,” Pawlik said, testifying to the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday.
Pawlik, now 52, said committing crimes was something she did to deal with the trauma of being a victim of sex trafficking. At the age of 13, she was groomed by an adult male, who sold her into prostitution on her 14th birthday.