The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) placed a child sexual assault victim into the care of a pimp with a lengthy criminal history
DCFS licensed a three-time convicted felon as a foster parent and subsequently placed a 16-year-old sex trafficking victim into his care. DCFS placed the girl with the 24-year-old pimp, Erick Johnson, just months after he was released from federal prison after a 24-month sentence on a firearms charge. Before that, Johnson spent three years in state prison for two robbery convictions. Despite all that, he passed placement clearance and was approved by DCFS to become a foster parent. While the child was in his care, he profited from tax money as a foster parent while he forced the juvenile into prostitution by putting up an advertisement on a known sex website. The girl has been raped, trafficked, abused, beaten up , and she has been shot, leaving a bullet in her leg. Nearly a year ago, a DCFS hired psychologist told the child welfare agency that the girl needed to be in a “secure residential treatment sex trafficking program.” However, the girl has not received the treatment she needs for the trauma the agency’s carelessness caused.