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15-Year-Old Girls Arrested For Running Prostitution Ring

15-Year-Old Girls Arrested For Running Prostitution Ring

 

Human trafficking and prostitution rings are despicable things, run by people who thrive on their ability to exploit the weak and vulnerable for their own financial gain. However, human trafficking took a new and disturbing twist in Ottawa this week when two 15-year-old girls were arrested on multiple charges related to an alleged prostitution ring involving girls as young as 13.

Charges include human trafficking, robbery, procuring, forcible confinement, sexual assault, assault, uttering threats and abduction, all related to the ring the girls were allegedly operating in the south end of the city.† They allegedly lured other girls through social media and then held or drove them to other locations for the purposes of prostitution. A third girl, age 17, is still being sought by the local police.

Those who study sexual exploitation and its victims, however, were not surprised by the case. They believe the girls were likely prostitutes themselves in the past and turned to running the operation in a way to regain power.† The real question, says Janine Benedet, a law professor who researches sexual violence against women, is why aren’t we arresting the men who are buying?

The police are largely tight-lipped about the situation, saying only that on three separate occasions the girls lured victims as young as 13 to a city residence for “social reasons,” later driving them to other locations where the forced acts of prostitution took place.

 

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6:15AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

Horrible, poor girls

10:02PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

My heart goes out to those exploited, terrified girls. I can't imagine the trauma for them and their families.

7:51PM PST on Feb 9, 2013

If WOMEN over the age of 18 want to be prostitutes let them but not babies! It's legal in Nevad in counties that allow it as it should be. But not children!

9:12AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

Shocking indeed!! What the hell is going on today?

8:31AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

Shocking story. I'd have thought if these girls were in fact (possibly / likely) ex-prostitutes, surely they'd empithize with other girls / women not exploit them further.

They should get exactly what they deserve, in both prosecution and in karma.

11:59AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

all who are involved should have the highest sentence against them, regardless of age, gender or apparent 'whodunnit'. it should be seen as palpable as murder as these things have the ability to completely ruin a person's life and never be able to return it to how it was before

6:12AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

IMMORAL.

5:53PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

"The real question, says Janine Benedet, a law professor who researches sexual violence against women, is why aren’t we arresting the men who are buying?"

True. Who are these men? Ordinary guys, or what?

1:22PM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

Prosecution these despicable excuses for teens is one thing (and I hope they get their just punishment. As for the johns; that's a different case. They can't prosecute them together since the crimes are different and in one case facilitators and the other users. But, as someone said, a lot of the johns are probably men with high positions in society and the police are likely going to do what they can to have evidence "disappear". I just hope that they get all they deserve (public humiliation, loss of job, family, and social connections, a long prison sentence, etc) instead of getting away with rape.
I so hope we have come passed the '60s and '70s, when powerful men got away with paedophilia and rape of minors! Check "Lennart Geijer" at Wikipedia!)

1:03PM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

As long as there is a demand, there will always be a supply. Keep offering money for something and someone is going to supply it, doesn't matter what it is.

The focus needs to be on the pedophiles paying for underage sex and the pimps taking the cut, but we need the support from society as a whole to say this whole thing is wrong and making the punishments as severe as possible--that should take a lot, if not some, of the demand away.

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