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Foster Care Begets Prostitutes

May 24, 2006 permalink

To understand the following article, you have to know that in social worker jargon, "place of safety" is a foster home, one where children are cared for by adults for hire. Teenaged girls are running away from foster homes to become prostitutes.



Teen rescued from a life of prostitution

York Regional Police have rescued a 17-year-old girl from a life of prostitution after raiding a Richmond Hill home and arresting a couple for allegedly pimping the teen, police say.

"We received a call for assistance from the victim," said York Regional Police Insp. Tom Carrique. "She was reaching out to us and we were able to extricate her."

He said the teen, who is from southern Ontario, was plucked last Wednesday after heavily-armed emergency response unit officers were called to the home.

Carrique said three teens, aged 17, 18 and 19, were found inside the home. Police said one girl was charged, one a witness and the third a victim.

"She (victim) was very distraught and upset," Carrique said yesterday. "She has been returned home safely."

He said York's vice cops are seeing more younger teens being brought to work in the region's escort agencies and massage parlours and they're trying to locate other teen hookers working in the region.

"The 15- and 16-year-olds are coming here from the GTA and other areas," Carrique said. "The girls are being used to work as prostitutes to make money."

Police said the girls and alleged pimps travel from across Ontario to work in York.

"We know there is a problem in the GTA where young girls leave their places of safety and become susceptible to predators," Carrique said. "They come to work here."

Ruddyard Oliver, 21, and Sophia Park, 18, both of Toronto, have been charged with living off the avails of prostitution and assault with a weapon.

Source: Toronto Sun
found by John Dunn