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Canadian Teenage Girls Accused of Pimping out Other Teenagers

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By Jeremy Greenberg Jun 14, 2012 3:03PM

Photo: Brendan O'Sullivan/Photolibrary/Getty ImagesIn Canada, police are looking for a 17-year-old girl who is accused of using social networking sites to recruit and then sell other teenage girls, some as young as 13. The cops already have two 15-year-old girls (not women, not mobsters) in custody who worked with the 17-year-old human trafficker. In defense of the teen pimpsters, it’s reported that they may have also been the victims of human trafficking. It appears that these girls just decided to retire and go into management. Not that it’s ever an excuse for committing such a terrible crime, but it is somewhat reassuring to know that they didn’t get the idea to destroy the souls of other teenage girls from a collaborative brainstorming session. Essentially, it was the evil seed of their subjugation sprouting roots.

This story is deeply saddening. To me, it’s far worse than the bath salt face-eater, or the gay porn star with the penchant for making government contributions. Many people are treated poorly, or suffer abuse. But they respond correctly to life’s tragedies by making it their missions to fight against the same evils in which they were ensnared. But these girls did the opposite. These girls were slaves who didn’t want to be free, they just wanted to run the plantation. They embraced the corruption, and that’s what is truly frightening.

I want to hold off saying that this is just another sign that society is falling apart. This seems like an isolated incident, and the lone work of some teenage girls who were perhaps traumatized past the point of having any empathy for their victims. I don’t think we’re going to suffer an outbreak of teenage pimping. But I do think it is another warning that we must pay attention to our kids, no matter how much they push us away. It’s better to have your teenage daughter yell, “I hate you!” because you found out about some party she was trying to sneak off to, than have her make it to that party and end up hating herself.

What should be the punishment for these teenage pimps?

Photo: Brendan O'Sullivan/Photolibrary/Getty Images

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