Two 15-year-old girls are being charged with human trafficking, in a case that police in Ottawa are calling “shocking.”
The officers say they have never seen anything like it before, and their counterparts across the country concur, according to the Canadian Press.
Police allege that the two young girls lured three female victims ranging from 13 to 17 years of age, on three separate occasions. The victims were lured to a city residence (photo shown above) for “social” reasons.
From there, the victims were driven to other locations for the purposes of prostitution.
The accused girls face multiple charges, including human trafficking, robbery, procuring, forcible confinement, sexual assault, assault, uttering threats and abduction.
Police are still looking for a third female suspect they say is age 17.
Staff Sgt. John McGetrick said in an interview, “Shocking is a great word, because that was our reaction.”
McGetrick said he could not get into details of the case, but said the victims were confined and somehow forced to engage in prostitution.
Police said there was no indication pimps or men played any role.
McGetrick adds, “We’re not aware of anyone else involved.”