There are no crimes more heinous than the sexual abuse of a child. Child sex trafficking occurs all over the world, including the U.S. Inexplicably, 1,000 children are arrested in the United States for prostitution every year.
Oklahoma’s ex-state senator, 36-year-old Ralph Shortey, was sentenced to 15 years after pleading guilty to charges of child sex trafficking in exchange for prosecutors agreeing to drop three counts of child pornography.
NBC News writes that:
‘Shortey was arrested in March 2017 after police found him in a suburban Oklahoma City motel room with a then-17-year-old boy. Police were acting on a tip from the teen’s father when they went to the motel and said they smelled marijuana coming from the room. Police accused the married father of four of hiring the teen for sex.
‘Shortey resigned shortly after the arrest.’
Details of the arrest were wildly disturbing.
‘A police report indicated a search of the teen’s tablet computer uncovered a series of sexually explicit exchanges in which Shortey referred to the teen as “baby boy” and offered him cash in exchange for “sexual stuff.”
‘The FBI also found that Shortey had previously used fake names to send and receive child pornography and to go on Craigslist to seek casual encounters with males, the “younger the better.”‘
Currently, non-violent drug offenses account for the life sentences of one-third of prisoners in the federal justice system. Shortey got only 15 years for child sex trafficking.
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