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Florida high school prostitution ring busted

The Associated Press

VENICE, Fla. — Students at a Southwest Florida high school told administrators that two teens tried to recruit them into a “prostitution ring” and that one 15-year-old boy have been “pimping out girls,” according to an arrest affidavit.

By Tuesday, detectives in Venice, a small community in Sarasota County, had charged three people in connection with the case.

The boy and a 17-year-old girl were charged with human trafficking, and a 21-year-old man was charged with sexual battery on a victim older than 12. Police said he paid a 15-year-old girl from Riverview High School $40 and a bottle of alcohol for sex.

Venice Police say the investigation continues, and there may be more victims.

The idea to form a prostitution ring gained traction through a series of online messages between the two around Aug. 13, according to investigators who searched the pair’s Facebook accounts.

The messages included a business plan to “pimp hoes” with rates such as $50 to $70 for oral sex and $100 for sex with a virgin. The cut for prostitutes was 40 percent.

In the messages they discussed prices, ages of prospective prostitutes and details of the operation, according to the police report.

Alexa Nicole De Armas, the 17-year-old who was charged, wrote, “lol we need to start a business.”

De Armas was able to convince “Megan” to have sex with John Mosher, 21, for $40 and a bottle of alcohol, police said. After seeing how easy it was, the teen girl worked to recruit more girls to have sex with “clients,” according to investigators.

The 15-year-old boy and De Armas used the money to buy drugs and booze, according to the affidavit.

The 15-year-old was in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice for unrelated charges.


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