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April 11th, 2013
07:13 PM ET

Police: Teen girls kept sex slaves

Girls in Canada are on trial for running a prostitution ring, luring their victims through social media. CNN’s Brooke Baldwin reports.


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  1. ShortStory

    This is the shortest story ever written. I think this comment is actually longer than the article.

    April 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
  2. Confuse

    I agree, where is the rest of the story.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
  3. Leigh Ross

    It's a video report.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
  4. Syed Haider

    It is unfortunate to see this young girls running a prostituition ring. But let us look at the whole society. If a woman sleeps with a man on promise of continuing relationship without marriage, and man keeps supporting economically, that is not prostitution. If a woman meeets a strager in a bar and he pays for few drinks, then they have sex, it is not prostitution, if the man buys a dinner or two and engage in sex, it is not prostitution. If a woman engages in sex for a promotion, or wants a letter of recomendation and engages in sex, it is not prostitution? Only cash requirement by the woman is prostitution?

    April 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
  5. drachefly

    The FBI did not find 2000 sex slaves between the ages of 13 and 14 in last year. That's ridiculously high – there were only around 5 million girls between the ages of 13 and 14 in the US! For this to be true, 1 in 2500 girls between the ages of 13 and 14 in the US would have to be a sex slave found by the FBI that very year! Just think about how many that implies weren't found out! And seriously, 13? 14? That's young enough that it gets hard to find clients you can be sure won't drop the cops an anonymous tip.

    Why do you let these obvious lies on the air and lend them the veneer of authority? This is a moral panic akin to the satanic panic.

    And the crazy part is, if you think this is a major problem and you want to keep this from happening, then what you need to do is decriminalize prostitution. It may seem counterintuitive, but think about it: it's far far harder to keep a slave when the slave can just call the cops without fear of getting arrested or forced into some 'rescue' or rehabilitation program. It's far harder still to keep a sex slave when any client can call the cops and give details without fear of arrest. And it doesn't make what abusive pimps do any less criminal – abuse and slavery are still illegal.

    April 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
  6. brown

    Corporate slave, sex slave ... what's the difference. We're all prostituting ourselves in one
    form or another. Get over it.

    April 16, 2013 at 1:54 am |
  7. Jennifer

    drachefly .. you are so sadly mistaken .. sex trafficking is a MAJOR epidemic in our world right ... where do you think ALL those missing kids, that are never seen from again .. where do you think they go ? who do you think is taking them ? Are you aware that 1 out of every 3 girls is sexually assaulted before she turns 18 .. and that 75% are abused by a close family member ( yes like a dad or brother, grandfather or step brother)

    My 2yr old was raped by my live in bf's father over a course of 3 months while his wife was baby sitting or just about any time I left the room .. she was in diapers, his wife helped him .. he also raped his step daughter for about 8 yrs .. from 8 to 16 .. so no those ages are not tooo young .. I am sorry to tell you that we live in sick world full of men who love to have sex with children .. babies .. read some stats on the ages of rape victims brought into hospitals .. you will see INFANTS .. 4 months old, 8 months old .. this is our world .

    April 18, 2013 at 12:09 am |
  8. Shawn

    Jennifer I would like to say my prayers are with you and your daughter . People need to wake up and realize this been happening sense the begining of time . It is a harsh reality that even I have endured to a certian degree . The bottom line is that us adults are suppost to protect childern and guide them through life , not have sex with them or abuse them . So its not like corporate slaves so to speak to the ridiculous comment posted earlier . The diffrence is ADULTS , children . One has a choice and one has alot of choices made up for them !! So if people would take things seriously now and instead of waiting until things happen to them it would be a better world !!!!

    April 18, 2013 at 11:06 am |
  9. One

    There is something to be said for brevity

    April 21, 2013 at 12:13 am |
  10. rlonald

    "men who love to have sex with children"

    Sounds like someone is a little upset at men? This isn't the norm Jennifer, this isn't even a common occurrence. don't take it out on a whole gender.

    April 22, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  11. readingnut

    @Jennifer... Where are you getting your information? 75% of girls are sexually abused by a close family member? I seriously doubt that claim. Whatever the number, it is too high; but, 75%? My family must be really angelic as none of us girls were sexually abused by our family and based on your statistics, at least 4 of us should have been.

    April 24, 2013 at 8:36 am |
  12. readingnut

    @Shawn... Agree, someone hates men! Hasn't she seen all the news about young female teachers abusing multiple young boys from their classes?

    April 24, 2013 at 8:37 am |
  13. byrd5

    In response to the numbers being off, I suspect not all those 2000 children are US citizens. Some are brought over the border. And as for the ones acting like a big deal is made of nothing, this isn't girls becoming prostitutes willingly, these are girls being lured and enslaved. If you think it sounds fun, why don't you try it?

    April 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
  14. HZ

    I don't know how many girls and women get raped but the thing is that when it happens in a family it's seldom reported to the cops and people who abuse kids tend to do it to more than one kid so who's to say how many victims are out there. I know a friend of a friend who was abused by her mom, grandfather, aunt, gang raped after being setup by a girl her own age. Thinking of the social circle I grew up in, I know of at least 6-7 cases of kids being raped. And here's a tip for any of you who share custody of a kid with someone who is a hardcore drug addict: get that kid out of there. The addicts who are desperate for cash WILL pimp out kids of any age to get their fix. Happens all the time.

    April 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
  15. Bryant

    @Jennifer.

    Excellent, sexist post. How many female teachers have been caught in recent years having sexual encounters with minor male students? And of those, how many actually faced real jail time or penalties beyond just a slap on the wrist?

    The idea that men are the only ones who can be sexual predators is false, idiotic, and dangerous.

    April 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
  16. W

    Mikesh: CANADA, ignorant one. I find it telling that another story link directly across from this one touts "100 Hottest Pictures Of Cheerleaders You Will Ever See Rant Sports". Sickness breeds sickness. I blame CNN.

    April 24, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
  17. Jason Viper

    -- Are you aware that 1 out of every 3 girls is sexually assaulted before she turns 18 .. --

    Uh, no. That is just not believeable.

    April 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
  18. Shy

    It's one out of three girls have been molested.

    April 27, 2013 at 12:32 am |
  19. old owl

    Watch the documentaries on Netflix about sex slaves. Go on line and check out how many registered sex offenders are in you neighborhood. I take it that many who have commented are young adults. Wait until you have children and then try to protect them. This is not a sexist issue about genders. There are sexual predators of both the sexes. Why focus on your deference's. The issue is the victims. My heart goes to them. All facts may not be totally correct but I want to be part of the solution not the problem. I think those on this site should focus on what they agree on and start a movement that stops this sickness. Arguing does not accomplish anything and is a waste of energy. Young people are the future and can be creative and come up with answers to stopping this problem. Do it for your future children. I owe to those who came before me and those who come after me. To those who paid a price to make this world a better place for me. I should do the same for those who come after me. There is a new movie called the Invisible War. It is about rape in the military. It is a growing problem. Look it up on the internet and join the movement that is addressing this issue. Be a part of other groups that work to stop sexual predators that prey on children and those who can not defend themselves. Stand up and be a Hero for these people. Thank you! the best to you, all the young generation and your future children. .

    April 27, 2013 at 1:20 am |
  20. Jonathan

    Reading nut, you misread jennifer. She said that 1 in 3 girls are molested, and OF THOSE 75 percent are molested by someone close to them. Those numbers are quite accurate, and finding a tiny sample of 4 girls who weren't molested doesn't disprove the point at all.

    April 27, 2013 at 11:38 am |
  21. Yep

    ok, just to contribute and string some other knowledge together. The statistic is, 75% of girls sexually assaulted are done so from close family members or friends. The source is RAINN. Also, yes, most underage sex slaves are illegal immigrants in very low socioeconomic communities. This enables the pimp with power and those types of girls are prime marks.

    April 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm |
  22. Pooty

    You can cry all you want about sex-trafficking this and sex slaves that, but until you address the ACTUAL root of the problem, that's really all you're doing is crying. The root of the problem, gee, could it be the salacious perverts and greedy capitalists that keep these traffickers in business? That's absolutely what it is. Everyone wants to whine and cry "oh those poor kids" but you tell that same person to beat off in stead of paying to further damage a girl's psyche all in the name of a few moments of pleasure, you'll probably get back a string of profanities. The problem is the world is sex obsessed thanks to the money and power obsessed "elite" who spoon feed us crap and scare us into submission. Get your hand off your pud and wake up.

    April 29, 2013 at 11:47 pm |
  23. Jeff

    Both boys and girls are sexually abused, assaulted, raped, and trafficked. Both are under reported. Most perpetrators are men, and women have also perpetrated sexual abuse. That said, it's clear and obvious that girls and women are most frequently the victims, and men most frequently the perpetrators. That doesn't tarnish all men, of course, just the perpetrators. What is more important is that we support the prevention of all sexual assault and healing and recovery of all victims, male and female. We all have a moral obligation to protect others- and our obligation is especially high toward protecting children since they can not help themselves easily. If you find the statistics hard to believe, go to original sources and see what you can learn.

    Men are naturally sexually attracted to women, and vice-versa. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but unfortunately, sex is sometimes used as an act of violence. When it is, the damage is deep and long-lasting. I don't blame anyone for hating men if they've been raped or assaulted, or if their child has. I blame the man or men who did those terrible crimes. And yet, I hope they heal and find there are many good men in the world. Indeed, discovering this can help with healing.

    There is a good deal of misogyny in this world, and hatred for men as well. The cure is love, communication, and understanding. Idealistic, yes, but we must work toward something and what is more worthwhile?

    April 30, 2013 at 11:41 am |
  24. Smarty Pants and Rich too lol

    @Jennifer you are spot on...(sounds like many of the readers here are opinionated, quick to speak/and not as fast to listen and vastly ignorant readers whose height of education starts and ends here on the web lol) OK now that that's established lol I could've swore that you mentioned that you bf's father's wife helped him during the rapes (so yes you did confirm that a female could be a sexual predator as well to some degree) granted that there are known woman offenders who rape/molest men, children and women alike (even one recent story of a 2 year old sodomized by his dang mother ughh :( ...THEY are in all actuality are in fact the minority of accused predators. So much that according to the Justice Department (part of our legal system responsible with enforcement of the law and administration of justice) reported Sex crimes during the year 2011 96% were men...and woman well their numbers on a grand scale are so few that sexual profiling experts have a difficult time even narrowing down distinct characteristics in Woman Sexual Offenders.

    Dito @Old Owl, Jeff, Jonathan, Yep...Kuddos to you all for being born with more than half a brain lol

    What's annoying to me is that most of those people who cannot fathom the statistics– probably have hugged, smiled at, or laughed with an innocent child who is currently or has been the victim of sexual abuse or sodomy.

    May 1, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
  25. scmaize

    readingnut: Perhaps you did not read Jennifer's comment closely. She said that one out of 3 girls are sexually assaulted and 75% (of that 33 1/%) are assaulted by a family member. And rlonald: She did not accuse an entire gender. She said that it may be hard to believe, but there are men like that, and sexual assaults on children are not rare. She and her child have been through hell, and life for them has changed forever. They have my sympathy, and that of most men and women who know their story, I'm sure.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
  26. CG

    Capatilism in America!!!

    Nobody would think anything if these kids were guys.

    And the number one group who has the most slaves – the state! Every prisoner in America is a slave.

    May 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
  27. Big Picture

    The comments seem to be ignoring the content of the article. It was not about molestation statistics, whether men or women are greater offenders, or about people watching out for the drug habits of their significant other.

    It’s easy to blame the Johns, but in reality most of them don’t care about the age of the prostitute outside of the idea that younger means cleaner to them. There is less to address about curbing that interest, and more to address about why the “pimps” did what they did. What is that about?

    It is about 15 and 16 year old girls who are luring girls as young as 13-14 to exchange sex with strangers for money and drugs. Note the emphasis. 15 and 16 year old GIRLS.

    So while we are trying to comment on unrelated topics, does any one want to address how these girls come to the conclusion to use the internet and sex to obtain what they want? This is usually where everyone starts hearing *BLAH BLAH BLAH* Charlie Brown style. I watch other parents give their children their iPhones, iPads, and internet access, to children as young as TWO years old. Why does that matter you ask?

    Should we really wonder why our children do these things when we ignore them for most of their lives and leave the internet and strangers to influence their moral compass? Why would I have an opinion? As a North American, Caucasian, now stay at home father, and someone working in IT for 20 years, I think the problem begins with abandoning our families in favour of our life styles.

    I see the family unit in other countries, where there are many generations working together, but in North America I see dog eat dog competition, Hollywood style sex and violence enacted in real life, and the disintegration of the family unit. I see Baby Boomers squandering their family wealth, and children more interested in inheritance than the wealth of wisdom earned in a life of honest work

    But we can’t blame it all on media content. Though they are a very reserved people, Japan is one of the most sexually explicit countries in the world, yet they also have one of the lowest statistics for sex crimes by population percentage in the world. That leads me to believe it is not what we show on TV/movies or present in art and books so much as the lack of guidance for our children when they are exposed to it.

    15 and 16 year old girls will do these things because popular culture supports it. We sexualize toddlers in shows like Toddlers and Tiaras, yet we show there are criminal consequences for an adult when they engage in sexual activity with a child. We glorify gangsters and drug lords in the movies, so criminal behaviour is demonstrated to create profit and be “cool”

    So let’s put this together. We teach children to use social media devices before they can ride a bike; that criminal behaviour is both cool and financially rewarding because of the risk, and then they use that knowledge to exploit their friends, sexually or other wise. So while we are pointing fingers everywhere, remember we are pointing 3 back. It is time to take more responsibility as families. This is both in observing the behaviour and interaction with each other, and just as importantly our children’s interaction with their world, not just ours. The change we want to see begins in our homes, in all generations.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  28. Carla

    the reason that young girls are being raped more and more is due to the fact that america no longer has that one parent that stays with the children all the time while the other one works, now both parents work and we either trust our family or a daycare or school to take care of our kids, and too me thats scary, if we keep our eyes on our kids nothing will happen to them, we need to stop focusing on our selves once we have kids and actually raise them ourselves and stop having other people watch them, you dont know what goes on with your kids when your at work or out, its our own responsible, when will people realize that cops are not proactive, they are more after the fact and yes they may catch the person , but that doesnt fix the fact that your child was raped, i quit my job to stay home and watch and raise my kids so i wont have to turn to the news to see that my kid was kidnapped from daycare or school, or to come home to my daugther crying because her teacher raped her. We need to take more responsible for our own kids, just like it used to be back in the day.

    May 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
  29. audieho

    @drachefly

    You have a very good point when you throw the BS flag considering, internationally, for 2009, 1,134 cases involving 1,621 children of all ages were reported, but only 436 made it home. That's still pretty bad, but it makes it even worse when the media lies or exaggerates. That helps nobody.

    May 7, 2013 at 9:42 am |
  30. Cab

    Molestation IS sexual assault. And she said 1 in 3 are molested, and OF THOSE, 75% were by a family member.

    May 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
  31. jrh

    I don't know what Canada's laws are, but because they're youth they can pretty much act with impunity and get a fresh start after a few years.

    May 8, 2013 at 10:12 am |
  32. john

    The FBI has been tracking sex crimes against children since 1970. The rate has always been on the decline, it is now at its LOWEST ever. Americans are in a moral panic about sex.

    May 8, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
  33. Pavl

    "Teen girls kept sex slaves" <=== Thought teen girls kept sex slave for themselves. Then video banner shows
    "Teen-Run Sex Slave House" which is more accurate than first one.

    "Teen girls kept sex slaves" sounded like teen girls kept BDSM type of sex slave for hot lesbian sex stuff.

    May 10, 2013 at 10:50 am |
  34. erikk t

    i agree with jennifer my daughters mother has allowed the rape of my daughter told me 7 years before it happend that if i pursue this matter she will suffer my daughter at age 13 now just found a way to contact me via facebook to let me know what was happening. why was i not there you ask i simply could not keep up with section 8 as she moved about the country on govt assistance having 10 children our federal govt facilitated this activity she did not have that many when we met they were all after our relationship and she uses them so human traffic has been a business and i know there are women who take part i know 5 personally and they never get caught because the thought is a man no one cares to see the women are the accomplice we live in a society where some daughters have no idea the intent of the mother due to the romantic idea all children are better with mothers who get new men who coax them into allowing this activity until we are honest it will continue just to say men are doing this is far from the truth women are helping some take part it's sad.

    May 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
  35. Lorie

    No matter what the age, this is an adult crime should have adult penalties so it would not be worth the risk of getting caught or that there will be no chance of them recommitting the crimes to others.

    May 10, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
  36. Wonderful Wanderer

    " Syed Haider

    It is unfortunate to see this young girls running a prostituition ring. But let us look at the whole society. If a woman sleeps with a man on promise of continuing relationship without marriage, and man keeps supporting economically, that is not prostitution. If a woman meeets a strager in a bar and he pays for few drinks, then they have sex, it is not prostitution, if the man buys a dinner or two and engage in sex, it is not prostitution. If a woman engages in sex for a promotion, or wants a letter of recomendation and engages in sex, it is not prostitution? Only cash requirement by the woman is prostitution?
    April 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm |"

    Sayed, it is all prostitution and we both know it. Most people don't want to agree because it causes them to look at themselves and they don't like what they see.
    If you are reading this, shaking your head or even just feeling bad, IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT. I wasn't taught any better either! Thank God I knew a little from the bible and never did anything like this. But guess what, when my parents abandoned me and I had nothing to eat, of course I let strange older man buy me a sandwich. They never touched me so I thought it was ok. But looking back, I know they must have thought it was a date and they paid for my lunch just to say they could sit and eat with a young girl and get away with it.
    Those men were sick, same as the men in this story. Shame on all the women on all the parents who call themselves protecting their daughters buy locking them up in their houses. We females need real guidance and practical life skills. Our society wants female equality but we're not equal to men. We are abused and then turned loose to make decisions. No wonder so many "women" think that initiating sex when and where and how they want is "empowering". It's all just sad. I know better now and I will teach my daughters better too.

    May 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm |

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