Washington Dad called a ‘Hero’ after he hunted down and killed a man who sold his daughter into sex slavery.
The Spokane Police Department announced in a news statement on Monday that it had discovered the remains of a 19-year-old stashed in the trunk of an abandoned car, which they believed to be the former lover of 60-year-old John Eisenman’s daughter.
Eisenman allegedly went out to avenge his daughter after learning that she had been sold into a Seattle-area prostitution ring by her then-boyfriend in October 2020. Andrew Sorenson, a 19-year-old boy, was recognized as the suspect, who is now dead.
In reaction to claims that John Eisenman reportedly rescued his daughter from sex traffickers, hunted down and killed the guy he suspected was responsible for trafficking her into sex slavery, social media users have dubbed Washington dad Eisenman a “hero.” Eisenman has been charged with first-degree murder and is being jailed on a $1 million bail. He has no prior violent criminal history.
The father allegedly retrieved his daughter from the ring in October 2020 before later learning that Sorenson was the one who sold her to the traffickers, according to authorities. With that knowledge, authorities claim Eisenman accosted Sorenson after discovering that he would be at a specific area, tying him up and placing him in the trunk of his vehicle sometime in November 2020. He then repeatedly beat Sorenson in the head with a cinder block and stabbed him, killing him.
Several Facebook users praised the father’s conduct and argued that his crime was acceptable in response to the police department’s press release.
“Any decent father would have done the same,” one person said. “If this is real and he got his kid back, he is a hero,” one reader commented, while another added, “I bet he gladly sits in prison.” “Sounds like justice was delivered to me,” commented another. “I hope he hires a competent lawyer and avoids any jail time.” “Bless that man and his family,” one person said. “Praying for his daughter’s long-term recovery,” another user added.
Every year, between 15,000 and 50,000 women and children are thought to be forced into sexual slavery in the United States, yet exact figures are difficult to come by because research is difficult. The number was estimated to be between 240,000 and 325,000 in one study by the Department of Health and Human Services and between 100,000 and 300,000 in another by the University of Pennsylvania.
Why is it so difficult to collect reliable sex trafficking statistics? Some of the challenges stem from the nature of the crime, which is less obvious than other crimes like robbery. People are more likely to report a robbery, but they are far less likely to report if they have had intercourse with an illicit sex worker.
There’s also a stigma attached to the crime, which means less attention is paid to it, as well as a lack of understanding of what constitutes “human trafficking.” A good, consolidated database is also lacking. While law enforcement and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) may have valuable data on their own, they do not always share it freely.
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