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CAS Ward Becomes Prostitute
June 27, 2008 permalink
The Toronto Star reports on a teenaged girl who ran away from the care of the children's aid society to become a prostitute. She must have found her new life to be an improvement. The politically correct Star does not tell the story that way, instead blaming a man for her problems, barely mentioning children's aid.
Man gets 5 years for selling teens for sex
Man convicted of human trafficking tells court he regrets forcing girls, 14 and 15, into prostitution
Jun 25, 2008 04:30 AM, Bob Mitchell, Staff Reporter
A former Toronto man, who made more than $400,000 selling two teenage girls for sex, has received a five-year prison sentence.
Imani Nakpangi, 25, told a Brampton court that he regretted what he did to the two young girls, who were just 15 and 14 when he used them as prostitutes for a 26-month period.
"I'll be leaving jail a convicted criminal; shameful indeed," he said. "There is no way to turn back the clock."
The harm he caused was captured by a victim impact statement of the eldest girl, now 18, read into the Brampton court by Justice Hugh Atwood before he passed sentence.
"I feel unworthy, dirty, tainted, like nothing," she said in her statement. "I feel I am only good for one thing – sex."
Nakpangi was given 13 months credit for time served, reducing his remaining sentence to 47 months.
Justice Atwood called Nakpangi's actions "egregious to the extreme."
He was convicted May 13 after pleading guilty to two counts of human trafficking in connection with forcing the girls, one from Mississauga and one from Brampton, into prostitution.
He admitted he knew the two girls, whom he sold as prostitutes, were just 15 and 14 although he advertised them to clients as being older.
Both girls were reported missing, the older one by her family and the other by the Children's Aid Society, court heard.
Prosecutor John Raftery had sought a seven-year sentence while defence lawyer Deepak Paradkar had asked for three years.
"This was a calculated business," Raftery told the court. He said Nakpangi used the money the girls earned to live a "lavish, materially wealthy lifestyle." He drove a BMW and owned a large home in Niagara Falls.
Court earlier heard how the older girl estimated she had earned $360,000 for Nakpangi. The younger girl estimated she had earned him about $65,000.
Sex was offered at $200 for 30 minutes and $300 for a full hour, court heard.
Court heard how Nakpangi used threats and intimidation to keep the girls under control.
One of the girls, who wanted to leave, was told she had to pay a $100,000 exit fee but first needed to earn another $50,000, court heard.
She eventually went to police after being robbed at gunpoint by a client.
Nakpangi was arrested Dec. 6, 2007 following a police sting in which an undercover officer posed as a client seeking sex from the younger girl.
Court heard that between 2005 and 2007, Nakpangi drove the girls to several Mississauga hotels to meet men and perform sexual acts for cash.
Police also found revealing photos of the girls when a search warrant was executed at his residence in Niagara Falls.
Source: Toronto Star