Texas’ supposed safety net bounces underage girls into pimps’ clutches
Who can forget last year’s story of 4-year-old Leiliana Wright of Grand Prairie, who was beaten to death two months after social workers reported she might be in danger in her excuse of a home?
Little Leiliana’s name has punctuated the repeated call to overhaul the dysfunctional Child Protective Services, a supposed state safety net that boasts more holes than help.
This week the Texas Tribune is telling the stories of yet another set of young people whom Austin also is failing: Teens in the state’s care who disappear into the horrors of sex trafficking.
These girls’ stories, like Leiliana’s, illustrate why this newspaper and child-welfare advocates have for years demanded that the state Legislature produce long-term sustainable remedies for the state’s chaotic and crisis-ridden Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
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