12 U. St. Thomas J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 1 (2017)

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                           LINDA  MILLER'

        Civil Society is a nonprofit that has eight attorneys part-time, doing
a broad spectrum  of work. We  provide civil legal services to victims to
remedy  the effects of sex trafficking, stalking, sexual assault on campus,
child sex tourism, and domestic assault.

        One of our goals is to reduce the demand  for sex with children
around the world. I'm going to talk about is demand reduction for sex with
children and how we do that through civil suits.
Now  that the appeal period is over, I can talk about a very important case.
In Vang  v. Prataya, we got nearly a million dollars in a unanimous jury
verdict eight months ago in the federal court system.2

        In the Vang v. Prataya case the child was 14 years old.3 She lived
12 hours from the capital city of Laos.4 She was told by a young woman
who  said she was a movie star, that she would make her a movie star. This
woman   told her she was going to take her to the capital city via a 12 hour
bus ride.6 She then brought Vang to the capital city of Laos where she was
raped.' Mr. Prataya, the man who raped her, is an American citizen.8 He
had been living in Minnesota with his wife and nine children. At the time,
he was in his 50s and she was 14.10 She did not know this man before the
rape. Prataya had  a previous criminal conviction for sexual assault in

' Linda Miller, Executive Director and founder of Civil Society. These remarks were given at the
Fall Symposium, Sex Trafficking: Addressing a Global Issue in our Backyard at the St. Thomas
Sch. of Law. (Oct. 27, 2017).
2 No. 12-CV-1847, WL 401942 (D. Minn. May 16, 2017)
' Id. at 1.
4 Sarah Horner, Raped and Pregnant at 14, she sued and won $1M in child-sex tourism case,
Twin Cities Pioneer                           Press, May 12, 2017.
6 id.
Vang v. Prataya, No. 12-CV-1847, WL 401942 (D. Minn. May 16, 2017)

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