Venice, Florida police made two arrests, a 17-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, who are considered the “leaders” of a prostitution ring which involved three Sarasota high schools.
Per the police, the crime started in August when the two students formed the criminal enterprise. They used fellow students, all female in a scheme that involved multiple high schools and cities.
The two teens have been charged with human trafficking. Why did they do it? “The motive behind it: money and alcohol. Trading money and alcohol for sex,” says a police spokesman.
Police began their investigation in the fall after several students tipped off the school resource officer to the prostitution ring.
The police, using a search warrant, got on the Sarasota student’s facebook account and found a rudimentary business plan. Their were prices set up for various acts along with set rules. For instance, their was an agreement that the prostitutes got 40 percent!
The facebook account also showed the partners writing to themselves, often showing no regard for the young girls they were prostituting. “Why pimp out old hoes when I have fresh young hoes I can give up for money?” the female Sarasota High student wrote in a Facebook exchange to her business partner. She continued, “As long as I’m getting paid I’m trafficking all these (expletive deleted).”
The students used facebook accounts to set up meetings with the “Johns”. This led police to 21-year-old John Mosher. Mosher (pictured), was charged with sexual battery on a victim older then 12. The police claim he paid a 15 year-old $40 and a bottle of alcohol for sex.
During police interviews, students admitted that at least three prostitution deals got done by using facebook and snap chat accounts. School administrators were not commenting other then saying no sex acts took place on school property.
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