CPS SHAME! Employee meant to PROTECT children is fired after telling girl, 14, to become a prostitute

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has fired an employee - whose identity has not been disclosed - for proposing sex work to a 14-year-old in the state’s care

CPS SHAME! Employee meant to PROTECT children is fired after telling girl, 14, to become a prostitute
The girl in the state’s foster care system who filmed the employee was being housed at a Harris County hotel while awaiting placement (Screenshot Fox 26 Houston)
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HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS: A Texas Child Protective Services employee was caught on camera reportedly telling a 14-year-old girl in foster care to "become a prostitute." In the video, that the teen filmed herself, the 14-year-old can be seen telling the CPS employee that she wants food but the employee, who has now been fired, tells her to become a prostitute. The girl is one of the hundreds of other foster kids in the state's system. According to Fox 26 Houston: "The child in the state’s foster care system was being housed at a Harris County hotel while awaiting placement. She was asking for food when the staff member proposed sex work. The child recorded the interaction in a video obtained by Fox 26."
 

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Keisha Bazley, mother of 9, who turned to CPS for help with her 14-year-old daughter said that her child was running away and causing trouble at school, prompting her to call in family services: “My daughter told me that the worker had been telling her she should do these things, so she said she decided to video her,” Bazley said. The video allegedly shows the teen and the employee who can be seen "Asking the girl to become a prostitute and giving her an incentive to do so, and almost a threat of not having her needs met, if she didn’t do what this woman very explicitly told her to do,” family law attorney Mike Schneider told Fox 26 Houston

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The CPS worker allegedly tells the girl, that prostitution is a means of earning money. "If me as the parent was to do something like this to my child, i would be bashed, i would be called a horrible parent, i would loose my kids," Bazley said. Bazley further filed an official complaint with CPS. This should not happen to girls in their care,” she continued. “It should not happen. It’s unacceptable.” The agency’s commissioner, Jamie Masters, reportedly went to Houston from the Lone Star State’s capital city to apologize to Bazley and her daughter. 

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Keisha Bazley, the mother of the child, told Fox 26 that she had filed a formal complaint with DFPS (Screenshot Fox 26 Houston)

“I’ve never seen that happen before where the commissioner of CPS comes in from Austin, just to apologize about something horrible that’s been done to a child involved with CPS,” Schneider said. “It’s bad enough if it’s just one bad worker. It concerns me that it may be bigger than that, they need to investigate this and make sure it’s not just one person, and they’ve got to find a way to protect these kids.” The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, spokesperson Melissa Lanford said, the DFPS is aware of the situation and has taken action. The person in the video who was an employee of CPS staff was dismissed from her position on August 10. The safety and appropriateness with which children in care must be treated is our paramount concern and nothing less will be tolerated.

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If you or someone you know may be the victim of child abuse, please contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453) or contact their live chat services.

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