Publication Date : Wednesday 5 November 2014 13:46
Canadian teen prostitution ringleader jailed
An 18-year-old Canadian woman has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail for running a teenage prostitution ring.
Kailey Oliver-Machado was sentenced by a Canadian court on Tuesday for drugging and beating girls as young as 13 into prostitution in Canada's capital Ottawa.
Oliver-Machado was arrested in June 2012 along with two other girls. She was 15 at the time of her arrest.
The prostitution ring, which was run without adult guidance, was broken up by police after one of the victims complained to her parents, who informed the police.
In a rare step, Canadian prosecutors requested that she be charged as an adult so that she could be sentenced with a much harsher penalty.
Earlier this year, she was convicted of over 20 charges of human trafficking, forcible confinement and assault.
During the court hearing, it was revealed that she used social media sites to befriend girls aged 13 to 17 before forcibly introducing them into prostitution.
Her victims were lured to a house in Ottawa where they would be forced to take drugs, and then they were sent to adult clients.
In case of refusal, the victims were coerced with violence and blackmail.