This is a typical story of what happens when a girl "disappears," based on anecdotal accounts collected over several decades.
Lee Ann, age 11, was walking home from Girl Scouts one day, cutting through the park. She was worried about her English composition that was due the next day that she hadn't even started. She notices two guys in dark green uniforms taking a break on a park bench, and thinks nothing of it.
She gets a few steps past them and bam! It takes them exactly 16 seconds to grab her, tape her mouth shut, handcuff her, and dump her into a big wooden crate with eight inches of foam rubber lining to make it completely soundproof. They roll the crate over to a van parked nearby and place a call to a slave broker. Next day she is in a similar crate in a cargo jet on her way to the Persian Gulf.
She becomes the property of Sheikh Youssip (Joseph), who is 74. By Arab standards Sheikh Youssip lives simply, but he does allow himself one indulgence: every month he treats himself to a fresh virgin. He keeps Lee Ann for a week, but then, since she is used goods, he sells her to a brothel.
The "gentleman's club" sends Lee Ann to BJU, a training facility. Now, a BJ is a service usually performed by a girl on her knees; if you haven't figured it out by now perhaps it will help if I tell you that the first thing they do is extract all of her teeth. After three months, she graduates, and is put to work in a booth in a lobby of the club. She works seven days a week, seventeen hours a day. Hardly anybody talks to her; they don't need to. They just set a timer for the amount of time the customer has paid for and she does what she is supposed to do.
She's been there now for eight years. She's a good kid. She does what they tell her to do, so they graciously allow her to eat.
She had wanted to be a kindergarten teacher. Lee Ann is somebody's daughter.
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