Sex Trafficking In Foster Care (Part 2)

Continuation of the discussion of sex trafficking in foster care. In this part i discuss what happens when fancy businessmen sell girls big dreams

Sex Trafficking In Foster Care (Part 1)

In this part I talk about recruiting girls through the juvenile justice system and what happens when children of immigrants are separated from their parents.

The Dope Show

Excerpt From Driftwood. Chapter 8.
At around 5 or 6 in the morning, I was awakened by a phlebotomist sticking a needle in my arm, trying and failing to draw blood. I can’t imagine any creepier way to be woken up.

Facilities: A Mental Hospital

Excerpt from Driftwood Chapter 8:
I was told I’d only be leaving the children’s shelter if I went to jail, a mental hospital, or a group home if I was lucky. My second stop: A mental hospital…

The Facilities: Jail

Excerpt from Driftwood Chapter 7
I was told that the only way I would be leaving is jail, a mental Hospital, or a group home if I was lucky. My first stop was Jail.

The Facilities: The Shelter (Part 1)

Excerpt from Driftwood Chapter 5.
After a huge fight with my mom, a police officer took me to a children’s shelter. The intake worker told me the only way i’d leave is jail, a mental hospital, or a group home if i was lucky.

Analogy is a Valid Argument Structure…Right?

Originally posted July 2016,
While our attention to bad drugs may be fleeting, no one would ever stand up and say it’s wrong to not trust or even fear the pharmaceutical industry. No one justifies dangerous drugs by saying “but most drugs are safe.”

No Pity for the Addict

Originally Posted August 2015 for Culture 73 Magazine.
The wealthy and famous…they make mistakes. The poor, well, well they’re just junkies who should have known better.