May 30, 2008
Three teenagers, two 17 and one 16, who were accused of forcing girls as young as 12 into prostitution have reached plea agreements and been sentenced to a juvenile detention center. The agreement will keep them in detention no longer than their 19th birthdays. In exchange for their pleading guilty, prosecutors dropped other charges, including human trafficking. Charges against others allegedly involved in the ring are pending in adult court.
The prostitution ring was discovered in August after a woman was caught offering men sex with a 14-year-old girl for $50. The teenagers were arrested in January after they had taken the girl to a convenience store to have sex with the owner, a regular customer of the ring, according to police. The teen pimps are suspected members of the Varrio Central gang. Court documents suggest the teens that pleaded guilty befriended runaways and other girls with unstable homes. They would take the girls to regular customers or finding new ones by walking through apartment complexes.
Furthering the graveness of the crimes, the gang members beat and sexually assaulted them and threatened their families if the girls refused to have sex for money, police said. One of the girl’s mother said, “These girls have to live with what happened for the rest of their lives,” said the mother, who was not named to conceal the identity of her daughter. “These boys aren’t going to serve much time. I don’t think that after a year and half, they’ll be ready to get back into society.”
May 4, 2008
Ashley Massaro, one of the divas of the WWE, is part of an investigation the FBI is conducting into the Bella Models Escort Service in California and Florida. Details are vague, as the story is just beginning to come out now. According to Massaro’s MySpace page, she is contacting her lawyers right away saying, “Just got buzzed on some BS that is going around. Dont [sic] believe it for a second. Getting in touch with my lawyer as we speak”.
May 1, 2008
Deborah Jeane Palfrey, also known as the DC Madam, was recently convicted of a few different crimes including money laundering and using the mail for illegal purposes surrounding her run as the leader of a major Washington, DC prostitution ring that served high-end clients. Her body was found in her mother’s Florida home after she apparently commited suicide, thus evading sentencing. With her death goes more chances of getting more names of clients that allegedly included Congressmen.