KOLKATA, India — This is a story of human trafficking, but mostly it’s a story of a mother’s love, the adoring son she raised and the highest-return investment in the world today. Nearly two decades ago, I interviewed a woman named Maya Gayen who had been trafficked at the age of 12 to a brothel […]Read More
Tag: Child Abuse and Neglect
Jennifer Fox Said a Coach Abused Her. Now She Has Named a Legend
In 2018, Jennifer Fox made an Emmy-nominated film called “The Tale” about her pieced-together memories of what she now describes as childhood sexual abuse. Laura Dern starred in the HBO drama, in which Fox unspooled what she remembered about the relationship she had as a 13-year-old with her 40-year-old coach. The details were horrific and […]Read More
Pandemic Shows New York Is Too Quick to Split Families, Advocates Say
As the coronavirus pandemic descended on New York City in the spring of 2020, the child welfare system, like much of the city apparatus, went into near shutdown. The effects were immediate and stark. With caseworkers limiting home visits, courts open only for emergencies, and closed schools and day care centers no longer watching for […]Read More
Anthony Pellicano: Then and Now
‘Sin Eater: The Crimes of Anthony Pellicano’ Producer/Director John PappasReporters Rachel Abrams and Liz Day Watch our new two-part documentary on Friday, March 10 at 10 p.m. on FX and Hulu. “To tell the story of Anthony Pellicano in the ’90s,” Rachel Abrams, a Times reporter, said in a new documentary by The New York […]Read More
R. Kelly Sentenced to 20 Years for Child Sex Crimes
CHICAGO — A federal judge on Thursday sentenced R. Kelly to 20 years in prison for child sex crimes, after a jury found that he had produced three videos of himself sexually abusing his 14-year-old goddaughter. In a victory for the defense, the judge ruled that all but one year of the prison sentence would […]Read More
This Charity Fights Sex Trafficking. Bureaucracy Might Doom It.
GEMS has been very successful both at the level of policy and practice, a fact disputed by virtually no one. Fifteen years ago, after much advocacy on the part of herself and others, Ms. Lloyd helped write the draft legislation for the state’s Safe Harbor Act, which recognized that young people taken in by the […]Read More
Musk Pledged to Cleanse Twitter of Child Abuse Content. Is It Working?
Over 120,000 views of a video showing a boy being sexually assaulted. A recommendation engine suggesting that a user follow content related to exploited children. Users continually posting abusive material, delays in taking it down when it is detected and friction with organizations that police it. All since Elon Musk declared that “removing child exploitation is […]Read More