OTTAWA — Police are hunting for a 17-year-old girl accused of forcing other Ottawa teens into prostitution.
In a disturbing announcement Monday, police said they were laying charges of human trafficking, procuring, forcible confinement and sexual assault after a number of teen girls, between the ages of 13 and 17 were lured to a Walkley Road residence in late May and early June only to be abducted and delivered up to adult clients.
The even more astounding aspect of the case is that the three suspects are all teen girls themselves.
Two 15-year-olds, already in police custody, face almost a dozen charges. The third suspect is the wanted 17-year-old.
Staff Sgt. John McGetrick said police believe the trio were not acting on behalf of an adult organizer, but committed the alleged crimes on their own initiative.
“It’s shocking, quite frankly,” McGetrick said. “We asked the RCMP, who take the lead on human-trafficking, and they didn’t know of any similar case in Canada.”