Ottawa Teen Girls Craft Their Own DIY Social Media Underage Prostitution Ring

prostitutionThese young people and their social media, I tell you. For every group or organization that uses the medium for good, there are certainly those who are just itching to use it to get — say — their underage prostitution ring off the ground. Even if they are teen girls themselves. Is this a bad Lifetime movie?

Cbcnews.com reports that Ottawa is trying three teenage girls, two aged 15 and one aged 16 at the time of their arrest, for DIYing their own prostitution ring social media style. (A fourth girl is apparently also facing similar charges but is having a different trial). The aspiring pimps have been charged with friending girls online (aged between 13 and 17) and luring them to one of their homes to meet with “clients.” Sometimes under the guise of sleepovers. Authorities say exhibit A is a phone, owned by one of the accused, that contains 29 names of “johns.”

The litany of charges against these ladies took a reported 20 minutes to read. Of the 74 total charges, we’re looking at human trafficking, abduction, procuring for prostitution, forcible confinement, robbery, sexual assault, assault, uttering threats, printing and publishing child pornography to name just a few of the highlights.

Men were reportedly procured though various “dating websites,” two of which allegedly raped a 16- and 17-year-old. Only one of them has been charged with sexual assault so far. And that’s only the beginning:

Police evidence revealed Tuesday also included numerous photos of five teen girls who are complainants and that were not shown in court. Justice Diane Lahaie, [Attorney Julien Lalonde], lawyers for each of the accused and the Crown’s witnesses reviewed the photos privately.

[Ottawa police Det. Carolyn Botting] described the photos in court, though, saying they showed girls nude or semi-nude with breasts and genitals exposed to the camera. The detective also told the court some of the alleged victims were touching themselves in a sexual way in photos.

The Crown alleged the photos were taken after some of the women were forced to take alcohol, marijuana or ecstasy.

Attorney Julien Lalonde has filed the appropriate paper work to have the teens sentenced as adults (if convicted). Should that motion be approved, the girls could be looking at anywhere from five years to 14 years behind bars.

Are parents still practicing the “no sleepovers without at least a phone call with the parents” rule?

(photo: ssuaphotos / Shutterstock)

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    • Maggie

      That’s it. When I have kids, we’re moving to an Amish community. This is fucking ridiculous.

      • Tea

        My husband grew up in rural Indiana and says Amish guys threw the best wild barn parties. No where is safe.

      • Maggie

        :(

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        this just means we can all buy an island together!

      • Koa Beck

        Staring the Mommyish Island Fund

      • Koa Beck

        *Starting!

      • Justme

        Oh…I don’t think Rush Limbaugh approves – that sounds VERY much like we’re going to share all our children and be incredibly communist.

      • Koa Beck

        You got me there.

      • http://www.facebook.com/houde.veronique Véronique Houde

        fuck the island, how ’bout a country? perhaps we can buy Greece… I heard they’re having some financial troubles!! ;)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shelly-Lloyd/826469442 Shelly Lloyd

        My vote is for Greece, all those lovely Mediterranean views, quaint villages and all that wonderful greek food.

      • StephKay

        Truth. Amish country is looking great right about now. I live in Ottawa and this is an EXTREMELY conservative city, which naturally just means all the ugliness gets pushed below the surface. I lived at the young women’s shelter, all 15-21 year olds, as a teenager and the vast majority of the girls (like, 90% range) were involved in some level of sex work. Mostly at a survival sex level, but still. There’s not a lot here for high risk youth, and the conservative values often leave them feeling like they can’t reach out for help. Not even a teeny tiny bit surprised that these girls were able to coerce their peers like that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/valerisexton.jones Valeri Jones

      It doesn’t matter whether or not the parents would have called first. Teenagers are crafty and underhanded, more and more so all the time.

    • Jess

      So, now we need to talk to our daughters about not setting up your friends for rape. What is this world coming to?

      • Jessica

        nothing good…. how are these girls even coming up with the idea??? seriously wth?

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