Court documents are revealing new details about the relationship between a 15-year-old Amarillo girl and the suspect, 23-year-old Eduardo Hernandez, who has been charged with sexual assault of a child.
Documents cited by the Associated Press say that Hernandez and the 15-year-old knew each other for about three weeks and slept together before he coerced her into prostitution. The affidavit says the girl told Hernandez she was 19.
The documents say that the teen resisted prostitution at first, but Hernandez told her if she loved him, she would do it. She also accuses Hernandez of hitting her if she didn't make enough money.
The girl escaped from a central Lubbock house near 44th and Quaker on July 19 and ran to the McDonalds's on 50th and Quaker, where she called police.
Leslie Timmons with the Voice of Hope, formally known as the Lubbock Rape Crisis Center, says this is a trap that many young women fall into.
"These young girls are very vulnerable and they're vulnerable to the attention of older men. They give them emotional support, they buy them gifts so they make that personal connection with them first," she said. "A large portion of them are going to be in neglectful supervision situations so it could be that they're just wanting attention from an older man."
Leslie says this girl is lucky. Most women aren't able to escape from situations of prostitution. It's a war that she and her organization continue to wage to make sure women don't fall victim to its vicious cycle. She says as far as the men are concerned, finding candidates is as easy as clicking a mouse.
"A girl that maybe has sexually explicit pictures on their profile picture on their Facebook page is a prime target because that's a red flag to them that no parental supervision is going on. No grown up is watching them."
Hernandez remains in jail on a charge of sexual assault of a child. Bond is set at $250,000.
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