An 18-year-old girl from California was sentenced this week to 13 years in prison for pimping out girls as young as 14.
According to police, Jelinajane Bedrijo Almario started a prostitution ring with girls she met through friends and acquaintances on social media. Reportedly, she’d look for young girls with low self-esteem and lure them in by pretending to be their friend. She then would put them to work as prostitutes, and threaten them if they tried to get out of the business.
According to reports, she entrapped at least four girls between the ages of 14 and 15 into her ring, and organized for them to meet with clients by posting the girls’ pictures on different prostitution websites. She would then take them to different motels on Highway 99 in Tulare County for sex.
When the parents of the young girls would try to locate their daughters, Almario would send them threatening text messages, which were later turned over to authorities.
Although the prostitution ring was conducted when Almario was only 16 years old, and it lasted for only a few weeks, the courts showed no leniency due to the severity of her crimes. She was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Monday, just two days after turning 18.
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