15-year-old Ottawa girls charged with human trafficking

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15-year-old Ottawa girls charged with human trafficking:

Two 15-year-old girls in Ottawa are facing a slew of charges, including sexual assault and forcible confinement, in what police say are "shocking" allegations of human trafficking.

Ottawa police allege three female victims ranging in age between 13 and 17 were used as prostitutes in separate incidents.

Police said the victims were taken to a residence in the 2400 block of Walkley Road and then driven to other locations "for the purposes of prostitution."

The two accused girls were arrested on Friday and Saturday, police said. They face multiple charges, including human trafficking, robbery, abduction, forcible confinement, and sexual assault.
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neoteny

This is terrible. Here are a couple of young budding entrepreneurial women, breaking through the glass ceiling of the male-dominated pimping business, and they get busted... must be extremely discouraging and damaging to their self-esteem.
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Teen girls at the centre of alleged prostitution ring likely themselves victims: prof


As Ottawa police search for a third teenage girl believed to have pimped out peers as young as 13, observers say there is a high likelihood the girls accused of running a local prostitution ring have been victimized themselves.

The "shocking" case, as police have called it, turns the conventional idea of prostitution and human trafficking on its head, but those who study sexual exploitation and work with the exploited were not at all surprised when they heard that two 15-year-old Ottawa girls were charged with human trafficking and a slew of other related charges over the weekend.


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Two 15-year-old girls arrested in Ottawa in 'shocking' human trafficking case

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"Certainly it raises the suspicion that the young women involved have themselves been prostituted in the past and are now getting out of the situation they find themselves in by saying 'We're going to be the ones making the money out of this,'" said Janine Benedet, a University of British Columbia law professor who researches sexual violence against women.

But the real question is why are we not arresting the men who are buying?

Police have said there is no evidence the girls were acting on behalf of an adult when they lured three other girls, ages 13 to 17, to a home in Ottawa's east end via social media and then drove them to another place for the purpose of prostitution on three occasions. But Ms. Benedet said she "reserves a healthy degree of skepticism as to whether there are not in fact adults behind this."

"But the real question is why are we not arresting the men who are buying?" she said. "In terms of the perpetrators, I'd like to see some accountability of the men who know. If we're talking about a 13-year-old girl here, there is no mistaking that this is someone who is very, very young."


Cases of girls acting as pimps or at very least lures in larger human trafficking networks are unusual but not unheard of, experts say. In fact, they have been on the rise in recent years, said Norma Ramos of the Coalition against Trafficking in Women.

In 2010, a 14-year-old Chilliwack, B.C., girl was charged with procuring a minor into prostitution after she was found to be posing as an 18-year-old, selling sexual services on Craigslist and recruiting other minors to join her.

Glendyne Gerrard, director of anti-prostitution organization Defend Dignity, said she knows a girl who came from an abusive background, had worked on the streets and was in survival mode when she decided to become a pimp. "Gangs were involved, but she did indeed pimp out the girls," Ms. Gerrard said in an email. "Nothing she is proud of today."

Ms. Ramos said she sees "the hand of an adult" somewhere in the Ottawa case.

It's usually a function of a very calculated move on the part of the traffickers

"Children are not going to do this on their own, particularly in this organized fashion," she said. Young people nowadays can be used by traffickers to lure other young people into sex work, she said. A common ruse is to get an attractive teenage male to woo a vulnerable teenage girl into a courtship and then ask her to "do one little thing" for him.

"It's usually a function of a very calculated move on the part of the traffickers," she said. "It would be very critical not to underestimate the level of calculation and pre-planning that's being employed here."

Details beyond the charges are scarce as Ottawa police remain tight-lipped. Ottawa Police Staff Sergeant John McGetrick said the victims and accused were "vaguely" known to each other online and that all criminal activity took place in Ottawa.

One of the 15-year-old accused appeared in court Tuesday and the other is due in court Wednesday. The 17-year-old suspect is still at large.

Ottawa Police rarely deal with human trafficking cases -- Staff Sgt. McGetrick said he's only aware of one or two ongoing cases --and the young age of those involved in this one makes it all the more unheard of.

"I liased with the RCMP who are kind of the leaders on this and they certainly weren't aware of anything [similar across the country] in a cursory check of their data," he said. "Like I said, it's shocking."

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Quentin0352

Not like we are not busting the Johns too! I wonder where they get the idea we don't have stings to go after those guys and if they would prefer we let these girls keep doing it to only nail the men? Otherwise, the usual lines of crap about how men must be the cause of it all though could you picture them saying the same about a serial rapist who had a background of being molested by the women in his family?

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15-year-old girl formally charged on 18 counts in alleged Ottawa prostitution ring


OTTAWA -- A 15-year-old girl charged in connection with an Ottawa human trafficking and prostitution ring has been remanded in custody after a brief court appearance today.

The girl was formally charged with 18 counts in connection with three incidents involving three victims.

The charges include human trafficking, abduction and sexual assault. She will be back in court Monday to have a date set for a bail hearing.


The suspect, who cannot be identified, is the second 15-year-old girl to be charged in the case.

Police allege they lured three females, between the ages of 13 and 17, to a home by posting messages on social media websites. The three victims were then allegedly forced to go to another location and perform sexual acts on men.

Ottawa police continue searching for a third suspect, a 17-year-old girl.

The "shocking" case, as police have called it, turns the conventional idea of prostitution and human trafficking on its head, but those who study sexual exploitation and work with the exploited were not at all surprised when they heard that two 15-year-old Ottawa girls were charged with human trafficking and a slew of other related charges over the weekend.

"Certainly it raises the suspicion that the young women involved have themselves been prostituted in the past and are now getting out of the situation they find themselves in by saying 'We're going to be the ones making the money out of this,'" said Janine Benedet, a University of British Columbia law professor who researches sexual violence against women.

Police have said there is no evidence the girls were acting on behalf of an adult when they lured three other girls, ages 13 to 17, to a home in Ottawa's east end via social media and then drove them to another place for the purpose of prostitution on three occasions. But Ms. Benedet said she "reserves a healthy degree of skepticism as to whether there are not in fact adults behind this."

"But the real question is why are we not arresting the men who are buying?" she said. "In terms of the perpetrators, I'd like to see some accountability of the men who know. If we're talking about a 13-year-old girl here, there is no mistaking that this is someone who is very, very young."

Cases of girls acting as pimps or at very least lures in larger human trafficking networks are unusual but not unheard of, experts say. In fact, they have been on the rise in recent years, said Norma Ramos of the Coalition against Trafficking in Women.

The Canadian Press with files from Sarah Boesveld, National Post

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"But the real question is why are we not arresting the men who are buying?" she said. "In terms of the perpetrators, I'd like to see some accountability of the men who know. If we're talking about a 13-year-old girl here, there is no mistaking that this is someone who is very, very young."


With other illegal transactions it is customary to arrest the seller rather than the buyer. In the case of illegal betting, the police generally prefer to arrest the bookmaker rather than his clients. With illegal drugs the police generally go after the drug dealers. Why should prostitution be any different?

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neoteny

Why should prostitution be any different?


Because according to feminists & other New Puritans, the prostitute is always the exploited party, even if the exchange of sex for money is a voluntary one, and even if she makes more than a top bureaucrat and/or politician.

Was Ashley Alexandra Dupré, the $1000/hour call girl, the bane of Eliot Spitzer, ever prosecuted for being part of a prostitution ring?

Some two decades ago there was a heart surgeon in Ottawa, who got busted in a police prostitution sting, ie. he tried to pick up a ho who turned out to be a policewoman (prostitution isn't illegal in Canada, but "communication for the purpose of prostitution" is). The guy actually got fired from his job; it took citywide popular outrage to make the hospital reconsider & allow him to keep working. I really wonder if today there would be similar reaction from the public...
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