Teen prostituted by cops sues 2nd California police department

Jasmine Absulin/Celeste Guap (Instagram)

In 2016, a teen named Jasmin Abuslin, aka Celeste Guap, now 19, told a shocking tale of being prostituted by members of the Oakland, California police department. Abuslin is the daughter of a police dispatcher and her story of being a sex slave led to the charges, resignations and a payout of $989K by the city of Oakland. It all began in 2015 when a police officer committed suicide and implicated his fellow officers in the department for engaging Abuslin as a child prostitute for years.

Last week. Abuslin filed a lawsuit against six police officers in Richmond, California, claiming that she was sexually trafficked by the cops in that city. According to court documents published by Courthouse News Service, Abulsin claims she was “available to them for sexual favors and pleasure in exchange for paid monies, protection, or other forms of consideration.”

The federal lawsuit also names current Police Chief Allwyn Brown, former Police Chief Chris Magnus and Internal Affairs Division head Lt. Brian Dickerson as defendants for failing to stop the abuse within the department. In the filing, she claims the top administration of the force knew about the child prostitution but only acted when the allegations in the Oakland Police Department scandal became public. As a result of the investigation of the Richmond Police Department, 11 officers were identified for discipline. Of those 11, one officer was recommended for termination, one for demotion, two for suspensions of 80 hours and 120 hours, and five to receive letters of reprimand.

Abuslin’s federal lawsuit and complaint tell a salacious tale of how police officers would force her to have sex in order to not be arrested for prostitution. It is alleged that one officer, who has been disciplined, paid for rehab for Abuslin but continued to have sex with the underage girl.  According to Abuslin’s lawyer, John Burris, she plans to also sue the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department, the Livermore Police Department, and possibly the San Francisco Police Department.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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