A Bay Area teen sued two police departments, accusing them of forcing her to become a “department retained sex worker.” Courthouse News reported that 19-year-old Jasmine Abuslin sued the city of Richmond and its current and former police chiefs, in addition to six other police officers on Thursday.
The lawsuit states that Abuslin was “available to them [the Richmond Police Department] for sexual favors and pleasure in exchange for paid monies, protection, or other forms of consideration.”
Abuslin had previously worked as a child prostitute. Then she became, as the lawsuit put it, an “exclusively department retained sex worker.” She was a teen at the time.
Abuslin has already been awarded a $989,000 settlement for similar claims against the Oakland Police Department, according to CBS San Francisco.
Abuslin said officers from both California police departments acted as her pimp and had sex with her in their patrol cars. In addition to paying her in cash, in one instance they also allegedly paid her in Cheetos, according to New York Daily News.
“This is terribly outrageous,” her attorney John Burris told Courthouse News. He compared the situation to modern day slavery. “They took advantage of a vulnerable young person. Girls like this are always suffering from some psychological deficit of some kind. Instead of acknowledging that and getting her help, they took advantage of her vulnerabilities. That’s the most negative and damning aspect of this.”
The shocking allegations became public after one Oakland police officer committed suicide, reportedly because of the scandal. In his suicide note, he implicated other officers for their relations with the teen girl, The Mercury News reported. After his death, officers all over the Bay Area have been fired and suspended.