Sex Slave Claim Fails, Sunday Mail, August 31, 1997.
Illinois prisoner has failed to obtain damages against prison officials he
claimed allowed him to be used as a "sex slave" and to contract AIDS while
serving a 10-year sentence for burglary and auto theft.
No US prisoner has ever obtained damages for getting AIDS in jail. Michael Blucker,
28, claimed he was kept in virtual sexual slavery by gang members who used him
as a prostitute and sold him to other inmates for coffee and cigarettes.
Stop Prison Rape, a Los Angeles based organisation, claims
that every year up to 300,000 prisoners are raped out of a US prison population
of just over a million.
Blucker's lawyer, Joseph Condon, had earlier told the jury: "The facts are
horrid. Imagine what it's like for a 24-year-old skinny white boy to endure it."
Prison activists want compulsory testing of inmates for AIDS.
Blucker said he complained about the rapes but nothing was done. Prison
officials claim Blucker exchanged sex for drugs.