A recent bust of men recruiting foster-care girls in Homestead for prostitution wasn’t the first time such accusations came up in Florida.
BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER AND DIANA MOSKOVITZ
For thousands of foster children, the search for a permanent family is framed by a display in the “heart gallery,” an annual showcase where heartwarming pictures of smiling, laughing and frolicking children beckon to prospective parents.
But A.B., a 16-year-old foster child from Jacksonville, was being sold with an entirely different set of photos. She wore high heels, a black skirt and a tight tank top that showed off her cleavage.
The caption for A.B.’s picture: “Experience me to know I will be your best!”
An ad in Backpage.com gushed that the girl’s “hands will be your best asset,” and added “$100 gift donation due upon arrival.”
The Backpage photos were a tawdry milestone in A.B.’s descent into prostitution — documented as part of the federal prosecution of her alleged pimp, Gregory Goellet Hodge Jr., who, authorities say, recruited the girl near the foster-care group home where she lived.
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