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. 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 $400K or so. Here the judge did all he could to double the verdict and add punitives 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. All in testimony in District Court resulting in a judgment.
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. For too many years I have heard that only prosecutions have priority. The Colorado Council on Human Trafficking completely ignores the power of civil law. It's time to allow new and expanded civil side remedies to END IT. www.init2endit.com