A man from Florida was arrested for the rape of a young woman at least 500 times, dating back to when she was just 12 years of age.
According to WFTV 9, Leon N. Wiley Jr., 54, of Flagler County, Florida, was arrested in 2019 for the sexual assaults that continued on the woman, who is now 23, up to “three times a day” for the previous 11 years.
According to police, the victim said Wiley would not only rape her, but he would also invite his friends over to rape her. She said she became pregnant seven times, and Wiley took her to an abortion clinic each time to abort her unborn child.
Wiley has also been accused of sexually assaulting the victim’s 7-year-old daughter, according to the police. The victim was 13 years old when her daughter was born. They believe sex trafficking may have played a role as well.
The woman told police she had been too afraid to report the abuse earlier, but came forward when she suspected Wiley was abusing her child.
The pro-life movement has recorded how abortion clinics refuse to investigate cases of statutory rape and how sexual abusers often use abortions to hide their crimes.
Wiley was charged with first- and second-degree sexual battery, as well as tampering with a witness, Flagler Life reported. The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office’s Steve Brandt said: “We’re looking at other allegations. We believe this may lead into a sex trafficking case as well.”
Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons (TIP), is a crime that occurs when a person is forced to perform a coerced service. It is illegal in both the United States and internationally. Sex trafficking is described as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of an individual for the purpose of a commercial sex act” by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA).
A 2014 study found that TIP produces around $32 billion a year and has been dubbed “modern-day slavery” because it is one of the fastest-growing criminal industries.
According to Dr. Lederer, founder of the non-profit Global Centurion and former Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons for the US Department of State, in her research entitled, “The Health Consequences of Sex Trafficking and Their Implications for Identifying Victims in Healthcare Facilities,” 87.7% of the 107 sex trafficking survivors polled said they sought medical help during their trafficking. More precisely, the emergency department was the most frequent contact point, with 63% of victims seeking treatment there. Compared to the much lower overall 28% statistic found in a 2005 study cited in the Hearing Memo, these new results highlight the critical role that a healthcare provider can play in preventing further violence.
Forced abortion, according to Lederer, is a “particularly alarming trend in human trafficking.” During the time of prostitution, 55 percent of the women surveyed had at least one abortion, and 30 percent had multiple abortions, according to her research. More than half of them said abortion was not their option, and many said due to the pressure to keep the business going, they did not have time to have a baby.
“Notably, the phenomenon of forced abortion in sex trafficking transcends the political boundaries of the abortion debate, violating both the pro-life belief that abortion takes innocent life, and the pro-choice ideal of women’s freedom to make their own reproductive choices,” she continued.