Thursday 17 August 2017

Girl (18) jailed for selling younger girls for sex online

Jelinajane Bedrijo Almario was sentenced to prison for human trafficking of children. Photo: Kings County Sherrif's Office
Jelinajane Bedrijo Almario was sentenced to prison for human trafficking of children. Photo: Kings County Sherrif's Office
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A 16-year-old girl was arrested after she allegedly befriended younger girls and sold them for sex online.

Jelinajane Bedrijo Almario, now 18, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for human trafficking of children.

Almario was tried as an adult despite being a juvenile when the crimes were committed, according to The Associated Press.

The 18-year-old was arrested after police in Hanford, California were alerted to a prostitution ring that involved young teenage girls.

Almario allegedly posted their photographs on various prostitution websites and took the victims to motels to meet customers.

“These girls would run away for weekends or work a couple of nights,” Detective Richard Pontecorvo of the Hanford Police Department told the Fresno Bee.

Pontecorvo said the unusual case was a “huge eye-opener” for the police department. Fortunately, he said Almario was caught “very early, so we were able to pull those girls out of that”.

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