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Child sex trafficking suspect to be held without bond

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 1:11 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 12:11 AM
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An Augusta man faces possible indictment and trial on a charge of child sex trafficking after a judge’s ruling Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Augusta.

Charles H. Castillo must be held without bond pending further court developments, U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps decided Tuesday after a preliminary hearing.

FBI special agent Charles Mc­Kee testified that an undercover agent was used Aug. 26 to investigate whether a juvenile was featured in an online ad for adult services, which constitutes prostitution. The ad showed someone wearing lingerie and a bandana over the lower half of her face, McKee testified.

A date was arranged for a $120 “donation.” The payment wasn’t optional, however. When officers and agents arrived at the Augusta home, they found Castillo, his girlfriend and a 16-year-old girl who was featured in the ad, McKee testified.

They also found evidence of prostitution, such as a written script for what to say to people responding to the ad, including how much was expected to be paid. They also found detailed written instructions for the girl on what to do on dates, McKee testified.

Defense attorney Michael Gar­rett extrapolated on the agents’ inability to immediately learn the teen’s age. If they couldn’t tell how old she was, then there couldn’t be probable cause to believe Castillo should have known her age, he said.

The magistrate judge sided with Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Greenwood on the issue – the standard is that the suspect knew or proceeded in reckless disregard of the female’s age. Evidence existed to indicate the girl was underage – someone was so concerned that the girl in the photograph was underage that he alerted the FBI, and the bandana and lack of identification on the girl indicated efforts to conceal her age, the judge said.

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/10/13 - 04:17 pm
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Would legalized prostitution affect these situations?

I used to say that prostitution is a victimless crime since it is a consensual agreement between adults; but with the proliferation of human trafficking, underage girls in particular, I've moderated that view quite a bit. Would there always be a market for underage girls, even if prostitution was legal, regulated, and safe; as in Nevada? Would every day street walkers go out of business if it was legalized?

Dunno, but what we are doing obviously isn't working. MSNBC has helped arrest an amazing number of predators with their online stings. Maybe continue going hard after the users rather than the sellers. Kill the demand.

a different drum
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a different drum 09/10/13 - 10:32 pm
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When I read this article --

When I read this article -- I wonder why the Federal Government did not let the local authorities purse this crime. (This is just my impression.) It sounds like someone with connections with Federal authorities was looking for a prostitute and stumbled upon this. I guess it is okay for Federal Officials to solicit prostitutes as we are still living in the reconstruction era in the old south?

Darby
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Darby 09/11/13 - 12:53 am
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Scum

Pure scum...

Young Fred
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Young Fred 09/11/13 - 02:19 am
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Itsanotherday1 raises an

Itsanotherday1 raises an excellent point!

When you legitimize certain behavior (i.e. legal prostitution), you open up the next level of “what if's”.

Let's say prostitution is legal, What if – a man thought he was doing something legal, only to find out, after the fact, he was doing something illegal (with an underage person)?

Our society is twisted, and hurting, if we attempt to legitimize, that which is not legitimate.

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Marinerman1 09/11/13 - 08:13 am
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Both To Jail

Hopefully, both Castillo AND his girlfriend will caged for awhile. And Mike Garrett - c'mon, I know it's your job, but REALLY ? Judge Epps -- throw the book @ both of them. The girl was only sixteen !!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/11/13 - 06:19 pm
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Age of Consent in Georgia

Here's something I don't understand. The age of consent in Georgia is only 16. A 50 year old man could have sex with a 16 year old girl legally.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/12/13 - 07:39 am
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Something to think about

Prying on or using under age children is disgusting and should never be accepted. The push to lower the age of consent between teens and adults should NOT allowed. Eighteen (18) low enough.

With that said, something to think about.

Prostitution in Europe & Sex crime rates in Europe vs the USA

"It is estimated that if prostitution were legalized in the United States, the rape rate would decrease by roughly 25% for a decrease of approximately 25,000 rapes per year....

...[T]he analysis seems to support the hypothesis that the rape rate could be lowered if prostitution was more readily available. This would be accomplished in most countries by its legalization."
Apr. 8, 2004 - Kirby R. Cundiff, PhD

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"A study conducted in Queensland... show[ed] a 149% increase in the rate of rape when legal brothels were closed in 1959, while other offenses against the person by males increased only 49%."

Apr. 1991 - Linda M. Rio Reichmann, JD

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"...[A] necessary step [to prevent rape] is to legalise prostitution — carried out in brothels or by call-girls — provided the sex workers are adults and have not been forced into the trade. The more you try to put down prostitution, the higher will be the incidence of crime against innocent women. You may find the idea repulsive but ponder over it and you will realise there is substance in the argument."

Sep. 28, 2002 - Khushwant Singh PHD

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There is a reason it is called the oldest profession.

So now play the devil advocate.
Applying the Liberal argument that a woman's body is her own, to do what what she pleases. How can N.O.W. or the liberal democrats stand in the way of legalized Prostitution?

Many liberals, by definition, don't care about sexual norms or morals
so why stand in the way of legalized Prostitution?

Also there have been studies that show where legalized Prostitution is in effect there lower divorce rates.

Who knows it might also reduce the number of out of wedlock births & welfare mouths?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/12/13 - 09:43 am
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NocNoc, I think you're wrong.

NocNoc, I think you're wrong. The age of consent in GA is 16 currently.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/12/13 - 01:04 pm
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Riverman --- your are correct. for GA. it is 16

O.C.G.A. § 16-6-3. Statutory rape is very clear 16 is the golden age for legal promiscuity.

But have a 16 y/o post or email a photo of herself to her 18 y/o boy friend and the guy is screwed. If he is 21 he is hosed.

Because under Federal Code 18 U.S.C. § 225# etc. etc... that age is 18 y/o. It covers everything from Nude pictures to solicitation and sexual acts. They use the less than 18 y/o age to cover all sexual exploitation of children.

If they are under 18 and involved 18 U.S.C. § 1591 (sex trafficking of children or by force, fraud, or coercion) as RICO predicate offenses in Section 1961(1)(B). The offender can get up to a Life sentence.

So - Using the Fed's to handle this case was likely a good legal move.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/12/13 - 03:42 pm
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NocNoc, yeah, I don't get any

NocNoc, yeah, I don't get any of that including the age of consent.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 09/12/13 - 04:19 pm
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nocnoc@7:39am

You raise many valid points. I've read articles by Dr. Cundiff before, I certainly respect his knowledge.

My concern is legalization is seen as implicit approval. Do we really want our daughters, sisters, and mothers living under the implied belief that prostitution is OK?

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