Attorneys for the teenager at the center of a sexual misconduct scandal involving seven law enforcement agencies across the Bay Area have filed a $30 million claim against the city of Richmond and five police officers.
Jasmine Abuslin's claim states she was an exploited minor working in the sex trade, and that as she interacted with Richmond police officers, instead of helping her escape prostitution, they further exploited her.
The claim says that five Richmond officers violated her rights by "sexually trafficking her between and among police officers and sheriff deputies throughout the Bay Area or by failing in their mandatory duty to report the abuse and thereby ratifying the conduct."
Mayor Tom Butt's office released a statement saying that the city will review the claim.
"City Officials have condemned the actions identified in the investigation and have made it clear they will not tolerate conduct in any department that compromises the City’s standards of integrity or the trust placed in our city by the public," Butt's statement reads.
While no criminal charges have been brought against Richmond police officers, an internal investigation into police misconduct resulted in disciplinary action against nine officers for their involvement with Abuslin.
Abuslin's attorneys have also filed a claim against Oakland. They said Friday that they recently filed similar claims in Alameda County, San Francisco and Livermore.