Local news: murder of a 12-year-old and sex slavery

This morning I was greeted by two horrible local stories on the front page of the Atlantic City Press.

Autumn Pasquale, age 12, disappeared Saturday while riding her BMX bike in the next county. Police have charged two teenage neighbors with luring her with the promise of bike parts and then murdering her.

Police charge teenage boys in slaying of Clayton girl, 12, after getting tip from their mother

The town of Ventnor is only a few blocks away from me the idea that a man was engaging in human trafficking there is just mind-boggling.

Ventnor male prostitution arrest puts focus on human trafficking

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There are many kinds of “slavery” which is defined by Webster as

: a person held in servitude as the chattel of another
: one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence
: drudge, toiler

While the chattel servitude where one person “owns” (illegally) another person, still exists, the second definition of “one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence” defines, I think, the relationships between psychopaths and their victims.

Just as most chattel slaves may have desired freedom and resented their state of being “owned” or being considered less than human, few actually tried to escape. They were held there by their love for their relatives, friends and children.

Many people who are “slaves” of psychopaths stay for the same reason….or like Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard, are “trauma bonded” to their masters.

Rising up, a rebellion of one, is difficult to do, especially considering the consequences in most cases, even if the person rebelling “wins” and gets away, the back lash from the psychopath when their “property” gets away can be horrific, as most of us can attest to.

God bless those who have escaped and give courage to those who are still not free of the control of the psychopaths in their lives.

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