MINNEAPOLIS: A suburban Minneapolis high school cheerleader is accused of prostituting a younger student. 18-year old Montia Marie Parker, a senior at Hopkins High School, allegedly set up a Backpage.com ad for a 16-year-old, driving her to an apartment to have oral sex with a man, and taking the $60 the girl made.
The 16-year-old had told others that she needed money. Parker contacted the girl through Facebook and text messages telling her how she could make money having sex and requested that the girl send her photos of herself. Parker posted the photos on Backpage.com, listing her phone number as the contact. The girls left school and went to an apartment building. When the younger girl returned to the car, she gave Parker the $60 she earned and Parker deposited it into her own bank account, according to the complaint.
The next day, Parker pretended to be the girl’s mother and called the school to get her excused. The girls left school and went to a home where Parker directed the girl to have sex with a man. She refused. “You’ll be fine — I didn’t drive up here for nothing, and eventually you will need to have sex,” Parker told the girl, according to the complaint. The girl told the man she wouldn’t have intercourse with him but would give him oral sex. The man refused and Parker drove the girl back to Hopkins High School.
The girl’s mother checked her daughter’s cellphone after noticing changes in her daughter’s behavior and hearing that she had an unexcused absence from school.
Parker admitted to police that she had created the ad and told them she received “a lot of calls” related to it.
Parker faces felony charges of sex trafficking and promoting prostitution. She is free on $50,000 bond.
The president of the Minnesota Juvenile Officers’ Association, said authorities have noticed more cases within the last five years involving teen girls using Backpage.com. He went on to say that it’s unusual to have a case involving a teen prostituting a fellow teen; most human trafficking cases involve adult men or women contacting teens.
Teen girls pimping other teen girls, a phenomenon growing in popularity? Why do they do it? Is it the influence of rap music? “Ladies is pimps too.” (Jay-Z) Is it because they are mean girls being hateful? Is it just about the money? We understand when men do it, but when teen girls exploit other teen girls, it’s not as clear. Nor is it less vicious or devastating. What is clear, however, is that the law will not recognize gender differences in its punishment.
(Source: US News)
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