Two Florida teens, a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, were among those arrested by police in relation to a Sarasota County prostitution ring. Venice police say the teens were the ringleaders.
WTSP reports that the girl, a student of Sarasota County High School, was the mastermind behind a prostitution ring for young girls ran through social media site Facebook.
Police say she had help from the boy, who attended the nearby Venice High School. The two reportedly began the prostitution ring in August. The unidentified minors were arrested on charges of human trafficking.
“The motive behind it: money and alcohol. Trading money and alcohol for sex,” said Captain Tom Mattmuller of the Venice Police Department.
The investigation began in October after four students reported the ring to the School Resource Officer. After obtaining a search warrant, police found, through the 17-year-old girl’s Facebook page, a business plan laying out the going rates for different sexual acts: $50 to $70 for oral sex, $100 for sex with a virgin. Prostitutes received a 40 percent cut of the money.
“Why pimp out old hoes when I have fresh young hoes I can give up for money?” the Sarasota High student wrote in one Facebook exchange to a business partner, adding, “As long as I’m getting paid I’m trafficking all these (expletive deleted).”
Police said the girl used Facebook messaging to set up meetings with customers. They also said none of the sexual activity they’re investigating occurred on school grounds.
“It doesn’t surprise us,” said Mattmuller. “It’s more disappointing than anything.”