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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Montia Parker: The Teen Pimp

     Montia Marie Parker lived in Maple Grove, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 18-year-old cheerleader was one of 1,800 students who attended Hopkins High School. In February 2013, Parker sent a text message to a 16-year-old member of the cheerleading squad asking if the girl was interested in performing sexual acts for money. The Hopkins High School sophomore, who received special education services due to "developmental cognitive delay," had been telling her friends that she needed money.

     In response to the senior cheerleader's query, the 16-year-old, in a return text, said yes. She didn't want to engage in sexual intercourse for money, but she would perform oral sex for paying clients. Montia Parker asked the girl to send photographs of herself that were "not too nasty but kind of cute." When Parker received the photographs, she posted them on Backstage.com, a website that advertises juvenile prostitution.

     Parker, on March 5, 2013, drove the high school sophomore to an apartment building in a nearby community to service a client willing to pay for oral sex. "You're up!" Parker said to her passenger as she pulled up to the address. The 16-year-old entered the building, and when she returned, handed Parker $60. The young pimp deposited the money into her bank account.

     The next morning, Parker, identifying herself as her young sex worker's mother, called the school and reported that her "daughter" wasn't feeling well and would staying at home that day. The young pimp drove her novice prostitute that morning to a John's house in Brooklyn Park. When the teenager met the John, he insisted in engaging in sexual intercourse. To the reluctant girl, Parker said, "You'll be fine. I didn't drive up here for nothing. Eventually you will need to have sex." The 16-year-old offered oral sex, but not sexual intercourse. The John refused, and the high school girls departed without a sale.

     The sophomore's mother noticed changes in her daughter's behavior, and had also learned that she had skipped school on the pretext phone call. When the mom checked her daughter's cellphone, she discovered the text messages pertaining to prostitution. She called the police.

     On May 22, 2013, police officers, on charges of sex trafficking and promoting prostitution, booked Mantia Parker into the Hennepin County Jail. The next day the suspected pimp posted her $50,000 bond. If convicted as charged, Parker faced a maximum prison sentence of twenty years and a $50,000 fine. She was being represented by a lawyer from the county public defender's office.

     While the sex trafficking in young girls by adult men is common criminal activity, a teenager pimping a fellow teen is not so common.

     

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