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article imagePolice arrest teen for running prostitution ring on Facebook

By Owen Weldon     Nov 25, 2014 in Crime
Venice - A 17-year-old girl from Venice, Florida, has been arrested after being accused of running a high school prostitution ring on Facebook.
The girl was arrested on Friday for human trafficking. This comes after the Venice police department started to investigate a high school prostitution ring that was organized on Facebook, according to Gawker.
Police accuse the girl of arranging at least one act of prostitution, which involved a 15-year-old girl and a 21-year-old man.
The 21-year-old male in question is John Mosher. Police say that Mosher paid with $40 and a bottle of alcohol to have sex with the 15-year-old. The girl said she met Mosher at a shed, and she attempted to back out of the deal, but Mosher forced her to go through with the act.
According to WTSP, the prostitution ring came to light after a group of students confided in administrators at Venice High School. Police documents say the student and at least one other person concocted the business plan over the summer.
A third person is expected to be arrested, but authorities didn't comment further because the investigation is still being conducted.
The girl apparently ran her business via Facebook private chat. In one message, she wrote “Why pimp out old hoes when I have fresh young hoes I can give up for money?” She continued to say “As long as I’m getting paid I’m trafficking all these (expletive).”
Police were able to obtain a search warrant for the girl's Facebook chats, and say that she was charging $50-$70 for oral sex and $100 for intercourse with a virgin, and 40 percent of the profits would go to the girls performing the acts.
A spokeswoman for the school district, as well as the police, say that none of the illicit acts took place on school grounds.
This is not the first time a teen has been accused of being a pimp. A few weeks ago a teenager in Canada was sentenced for her role as a ringleader of a prostitution ring.
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