It has been well-documented and frequently reported here and by websites like Health Impact News that the United States Foster Care system is the nation’s #1 pipeline for child sex trafficking.
Attorney Michael Dolce from the law-firm Cohen Milstein, who speaks from experience from representing children abused in foster care, wrote an opinion piece published by Newsweek in 2018 stating that the nation’s foster care system is set up to sexually traffic children.
“Here’s the ugly truth: most Americans who are victims of sex trafficking come from our nation’s own foster care system. It’s a deeply broken system that leaves thousands vulnerable to pimps as children and grooms them for the illegal sex trade as young adults.
“We have failed our children by not fixing the systemic failures that have allowed this to happen for decades.”
In 2018 an independent candidate running for office in Virginia, Nathan Larson, admitted to being a pedophile. He encouraged other pedophiles to use the foster care system to adopt children as “sex toys.”
A recent State Department report on Human Trafficking confirmed that the United States is the top destination in the world for sex trafficking, and Geoff Rogers, co-founder of the United States Institute Against Human Trafficking, stated:
“We have a major issue here in the United States. The United States is the No. 1 consumer of sex worldwide. So we are driving the demand as a society.
“We’re also driving the demand with our own people, with our own kids. So there are tremendous numbers of kids, a multitude of kids that are being sold as sex slaves today in America. These are American kids, American-born, 50 percent to 60 percent of them coming out of the foster care industry.”
State Department Report: U.S. #1 in Sex Trafficking – 60% American Child Sex Slaves Come Out of Foster Care
Here are some recent local news reports of arrests of licensed foster parents accused of sexually abusing children in the past 30 days, which is probably only a fraction of the actual number of foster parents sexually trafficking children, and shows that this problem is only getting worse, not better.
Man pleads guilty to charges of aggravated abuse, rape and sexual torture of foster and adopted children:
“LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – A man facing dozens of child sex abuse charges has pleaded guilty. Daniel Wayne Spurgeon entered a guilty plea to 11 counts of aggravated child abuse, two counts first-degree rape of a child under 12, and one count of sexual torture Monday afternoon.
“Spurgeon will be sentenced August 12 at 9 a.m. We understand the agreement states that Spurgeon will serve 20 years, the max sentence, for the child abuse charges and 25 years on the other counts. It says this sentence can’t get cut short.
“Daniel Wayne Spurgeon was transported from Florida back to the Shoals to face dozens of criminal charges which included rape, sodomy, and willful abuse of a child, for abusing foster and adopted children in Florence.
“Daniel and his wife, Jenise Spurgeon, were approved foster parents, living in Florence until August of 2015.”
Foster Parent, His Son Accused Of Molesting Multiple Foster Kids:
“ANTIOCH, CA — The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office has charged a former Antioch foster parent with 63 felonies in connection with allegations that he sexually abused foster children in his care. Charges have also been filed against the Antioch man’s son in the alleged molestation of foster kids, according to the DA’s Office.
“The foster father was identified by the DA’s Office as Simon Chavez, 64, and his son was identified by authorities as Simon Magana Chavez, 31, a resident of Atwater in Merced County, California.
“Antioch police began investigating the father-son duo on June 13. The “extensive sexual abuse case,” police said, “involved several minors that were victimized by a father and son who provided foster care for the children from 2011 through 2017.”
“Both men have been charged “for the sexual abuse of multiple children and unlawfully having sex with a minor,” according to Scott Alonso, spokesman for the DA’s Office.”
Texas couple filmed sex abuse of babies as young as 8 months old: Prosecutors
“DALLAS, Texas — A Texas couple were sentenced Wednesday to 60 years each in prison for filming themselves sexually abusing kids, a case that prosecutors say involved more than two dozen young victims including babies.
“A federal judge in Waco gave Christopher Almaguer and his wife Sarah Rashelle Almaguer the maximum prison sentences. They had pleaded guilty in October to one count each of sexual exploitation of children and production of child pornography.
“Paul Perez Jr., Christopher Almaguer’s 25-year-old brother, also was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of receiving child porn.
“The Almaguers filmed themselves sexually assaulting at least 25 children – ranging in age from 8 months to 14 years old – including members of their own family, children they baby-sat for and kids from their Central Texas church, federal prosecutors said. Court records say the 27-year-olds were the legal guardians of at least one of the children.”
Foster grandparent pleads guilty to child sex abuse:
“A Franklin County foster grandparent is in prison for sexually abusing five children.
“James Horton pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of child sex abuse. Investigators say Horton abused five kindergarten children in the foster grandparent program. As part of the plea deal, Horton was sentenced to seven years in prison.”
Grant man charged with rape, sodomy and sex with foster child:
“A Grant man was arrested for rape, sodomy and sex with his foster child.
“Marshall County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Assistant Chief Deputy Steve Guthrie said a joint investigation with the MCSO, the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) and the Marshall County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) has led to the arrest of Larry Austin Reed, 36.
“According to Guthrie, Reed was charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy and sex with a foster child. (Full Story.)
Chelsea man accused of raping 2 foster children who were in his care:
“CHELSEA, MASS. (WHDH) – A Chelsea man accused of raping two foster children who were in his care was arrested last week and ordered held on $50,000 bail.
“Michael Diaz, 33, was arraigned Monday in Chelsea District Court on nine counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, six counts of aggravated rape of a child under 16, and a single count of distributing matter harmful to a minor, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.
“Prosecutors say Diaz was a Department of Children and Families approved foster parent to the two victims when the sexual abuse occurred.”