Friday, February 12, 2016

Man shackled 15-year-old girl as collateral for loan

When I was in high school, I had a teacher who would take collateral anytime a student needed to borrow something like a pen--he'd take, say, a book or your handbook that contained our hall passes or something that we needed to ensure he'd get his pen back. But a Brownsville man, Christopher Wiley Brown, took collateral to next-level awful when he took an actual human being, like someone out of a primetime drama or, like, the mob.

I have so many questions, the biggest and most important one being what makes one think that a human is appropriate collateral? It's sick.

The loan agreement required the girl to help care for the man's disabled fiancée, while the girl's dad was to repair their home. And honestly, that arrangement would be fine if it were, you know, consensual and didn't involve leg shackles and a ball gag.

And when I heard "leg shackles and ball gag," my mind jumped right to sexual assault, too, and sure enough, Brown "made her touch his genitals."

Fortunately, the girl was able to free herself and text her dad, who called 911 and is not being charged. The news article doesn't given too much detail here, but I do have concerns about what kind of father allows his teenage daughter to go with a grown man, even if it is part of a loan agreement. Because it sounds like her dad knew where she was, just not the fucked-up extent of it.

The man was jailed Thursday on charges of kidnapping and indecent assault, among others.

I was gonna advise Brown's fiancée to find someone better, but on second thought, I have a hard time imagining that she didn't know.

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