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 Size of the American sex tourism industry, where American citizens travel overseas to engage in illicit sexual activity.
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Since the firm was founded 80 years ago, equal justice for all has been our guiding principle,” says Arenz. “We handle every case — pro bono or not, rich or poor — the same way. Access to justice should be available to everyone. And Paniya deserved justice.”
After a week-long jury trial, where Vang recounted her painful and grueling trauma on the stand through an interpreter for several hours, and was cross-examined for two hours, a jury awarded Vang $950,000 in damages. “Her character was attacked; she was called a liar, told she wanted the relationship,” Arenz says. “The defense pulled from the playbook on how to attack a victim of sexual assault.” Ultimately, the jury believed Vang’s story. “Emotion knows no language,” Arenz says. “Anyone who heard her talk understood how much
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Under Masha’s Law, the minimum amount a plaintiff can be awarded if a violation is found is $150,000. Paniya’s jury awarded her $950,000. Her words had come through loud and clear.



























































































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