A 17-year-old girl from Sarasota, Florida has been charged with organizing a prostitution ring across two area high schools. Police say that she was charging $40 for a bottle of booze and sex with a minor.
From the Sarasota Herald Tribune:
A Sarasota High School student has been charged with organizing a prostitution ring of students from Venice and Riverview high schools.
Alexa Nicole De Armas, 17, was arrested Friday and charged with human trafficking of a person younger than 18, a felony.
At least one act of prostitution took place, police said, leading to the arrest of John Michael Mosher, 21, who reportedly paid $40 and a bottle of liquor to have sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Police said the ring came to light after four students confided to Venice High School administrators. De Armas and at least one other student concocted the business plan over the summer to prostitute other teenagers for payments of money and alcohol, according to police documents.
“Why pimp out old hoes when I have fresh young hoes I can give up for money?” De Armas wrote in one Facebook exchange to a business partner, adding, “As long as I’m getting paid I’m trafficking all these (expletive deleted).”
According to Venice police, Venice High School resource officers received information about a possible prostitution ring in October. At the same time, they looked into reports of a Riverview High School student’s involvement with Mosher.
In early October, four female students approached Venice High administrators and said a male Venice High student and De Armas wanted them to join their prostitution ring, according to police documents.
Students told officers that De Armas coordinated at least three prostitution deals — including the one with the 15-year-old — by using Facebook private messaging.
Isn’t it just the most fun when your childhood hometown makes headlines? Like, it’s it just THE BEST when you see your town in the news for things like this?
This is the same H.S. that half of my family went to (including my own father), and this little madam just rolls up her sleeves and decides to change the school’s legacy from ‘greatest baseball high school in the state of Florida’ to ‘that school where that girl masterminded a prostitution ring’.
So let’s recount the various notable things that Sarasota is most recently famous for:
* President Bush was reading to a classroom of elementary school students when the planes hit the towers on 9/11, and he continued to read the book.
* Several of the hijackers also received their flight training in Sarasota county.
* And now we can add ‘high school prostitution ring’ to the list of accolades.
To read the full report from the Sarasota Herald Tribune click HERE.
…and for those of you wondering about the thumbnail, that’s an iconic statue (from an iconic photograph) in Sarasota that sits walking distance from the high school where this incident stems from.