BASTROP, Texas - Victims of sex trafficking at a recovery facility in Bastrop called The Refuge were re-victimized by the facility's employees who were supposed to protect them, according to The Texas Tribune.
The paper reports that seven children ages 11 to 17 were victims of various kinds of abuse. At least two of the children became the subject of nude photographs.
The employee who took the pictures sold them for money, which he or she used to purchase illegal drugs and alcohol that were given to the kids.
Nine other suspects are involved in the abuse allegations.
The identity of the suspects and the victims has not been released.
The children were not immediately removed from the facility, despite the initial report of abuse coming out on January 24.
U.S. District Judge Janis Jack blamed DFPS for not getting the kids out sooner at a hearing on Thursday. She is requesting the identities of the suspects be released by noon Friday.
Jack is overseeing a class action lawsuit against DFPS that has been ongoing since 2011.
A spokesperson for The Refuge released a statement saying part: "When we were made aware that an employee had allegedly coerced the residents into creating commercially sexual exploitation material the employee was immediately terminated. We are fully cooperating with authorities."
If you or someone you know has been sexually abused or assaulted you can receive confidential help by calling The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network 24/7 at 800-656-4673.
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