Regarding the Dec. 12 Metro article “ Officer arrested in teen sex case ”:
The fact that a 24-year veteran of the D.C. police force is “accused of prostituting teenage girls” as young as 15 should spark outrage. The alleged crime should also be called by its real name: human trafficking.
Under federal law, inducing a child under the age of 18 to commit a commercial sex act is human trafficking. In the United States, many believe that the kind of law enforcement corruption alleged in this case occurs only in other countries. But such corruption is what makes human trafficking possible — and profitable — around the world. If the allegations against Officer Linwood Barnhill Jr. are substantiated, he should be charged with the federal crime of sex trafficking of a minor. Any less would give a pass to a horrendous abuse of power.
Not only should federal prosecutors call this crime by its real name, but so should The Post.
Martina E. Vandenberg, Washington
The writer is president of the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center.