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$3 MILLION VERDICT IS NOT ENOUGH
I reflect on my work on behalf of an over 60 year old woman, educated, skilled, smart – who became a puppet and slave for a charismatic pimp. Meeting my client for the first time was shocking. She has lost a great deal of her hair; she had burns and whip marks from torture sessions to test her loyalty and self control to be still and silent. Every muscle in her body was tense with fear; she had lost so much weight, she was shaking. It was her first step out in public since her trafficker was in custody. The real deal.
In Boulder Colorado.
It has taken months for her to be able to speak; to walk in the sunlight. When I met her she barely crawled or breathed. And fast forward, she was able to walk to court in the day, with her loving dog, and bear witness to the horrors she survived.
I wanted a far larger verdict, and I believe all trafficking victims, raw slaves, and torture victims deserve more. Colorado caps pain and suffering at a pittance of $400,000 or so. Here the judge did all he could to double the verdict and add punitive damages and economic losses. But the civil law is inadequate to compensate the range of injuries that human beings suffer in Colorado. Torture: being tased for 8 or more hours a session until one can no longer maintain bladder control. Whippings. Cigarette burnings. Cuttings. De-humanization – sleep deprivation. Torture for three years. Extortion. Complete loss of self.
Colorado legislators need to boldly stand up once again, and ensure that all assets of the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity are stripped from them. Let’s see who steps up to the plate this session.
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