Teens accused of running high school prostitution ring
SARASOTA, Fla. — Two high school students are accused of trying to organize a prostitution ring with students from multiple high schools.
Alexa Nicole De Armas, 17, was arrested Friday and charged with human trafficking a person under the age of 18.
Julian Luis Mathena, 15, was arrested Tuesday and charged with human trafficking.
At least one act of prostitution took place, police told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, leading to the arrest of 21-year-old John Michael Mosher.
Mosher allegedly paid $40 and a bottle of liquor to have sex with a 15-year-old girl against her will.
“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].”
Police tell the Herald-Tribune that De Armas arranged for Mosher to have sex with the 15-year-old girl in a community pool shed in August. The victim said she did not want to participate, but Mosher forcefully held her against the wall of the pool shed building.
The prostitution ring came to light after four students confided to high school administrators.
Read more: Sarasota Herald-Tribune