Canada - Police in Gatineau, Que., have arrested the third suspect in a human trafficking case where three teenage girls are accused in the prostitution of three other teenage girls in Ottawa.
The youth, 16, was apprehended Thursday at about 8 p.m. and returned to Ottawa, police say. She appears in an Ottawa courtroom Friday afternoon on charges of human trafficking, procuring for prostitution, forcible confinement, robbery, assault and uttering threats.
The search for the third suspect was made more difficult, police say, because they could not release info about her due to provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Police had also originally said she was 17 years old.
Police said the three accused allegedly used social media to lure a trio of other girls, who are between 13 and 17 years old, to a home at a Walkley Road community housing project in southeast Ottawa. That is also where the accused live, neighbours say.
3 separate incidents
The teens are then accused of offering the victims to adult men for sex in three alleged incidents:
- Between May 16 to 19
- May 30
- June 3rd
The two other suspects, both 15, were arrested June 8 and 9 and face identical charges. They appeared in court earlier this week.
One 15-year-old was remanded into custody Wednesday until her bail hearing scheduled for Monday.
Teenagers whom CBC News spoke to have said they are more aware of who they associate with on Facebook since the prostitution ring was made public.