Authorities say an illegal immigrant pursued a 12-year-old Florida girl and within three days of meeting, asked intimate details about her sexuality and wanted her to run away with him.
Joel Bautista Trinidad, 34 of Mexico, was arrested by Palm Beach County detectives on May 15 after a 12-year-old girl’s mother found explicit text messages on her phone from Trinidad, WPBF-ABC reported.
Authorities said that within a few weeks of meeting her, Trinidad picked up the pre-teen and her 2-year-old sister at a donut shop near her bus stop and sexually abused her before taking her to school.
The girl told detectives that the alleged assaults happened twice – the second time Trinidad had sex with her – which she said was painful.
Trinidad also reportedly texted her to say he was spying on her while she was practicing track with her family.
“According to the texts in the arrest report, Trinidad asked the girl first if she would have sex for money and then if her friends would have sex with men for money, and told her she and he could make a lot of money by selling the girls.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed an immigration detainer on Trinidad and said that a review of his immigration status would come after the resolution of his current criminal case.
Trinidad – charged with human trafficking, sexual battery, and lewd and lascivious molestation – remains in custody at the Palm Beach County Jail.
In my view, there are two issues in this story that need addressing – the first one is the problem we have with the prostitution rings and other crimes committed by illegal immigrants. Once caught and punished, they are either put into our prison system, where taxpayers support them for the duration of their sentence, or they are deported.
It’s becoming clear that deportation isn’t the solution because they come right back, over and over again. Think about the frequent headlines we see that state the number of times they’ve been deported before their most recent crime. We need a better way, and short of executing them, I can’t think of one.
The second issue is twofold, consisting of bad parenting and naïve young girls. By the time a girl reaches the age of 12, she should have had it repeatedly drilled into her head to never ever accept anything, including a ride, from a stranger. Any parent, but moms in particular, who doesn’t know what’s going on in her daughter’s life until she looks at her phone, is not communicating well with her child. That girl, and all girls, deserves to have the kind of relationship with her mother that allows her to be open about being sexually assaulted after the first incident.
On the other hand, a 12-year-old girl is at the stage where her body is changing and she’s getting interested in guys, so whatever flattery is used is very appealing. If her self-esteem or confidence is low, she is all the more susceptible to the influence of a man. (How else would he get her phone number?) Here again, some better parenting is desperately needed.
If I knew this child’s mother, I would be in her face. Parents need to be more aware of what’s going on in our country, and most importantly, what’s going on in their kids’ lives.