Jelinajane Bedrijo Almario, a California teen, was 16 years old when she was arrested in May 2016 after she was caught pimping out 13 and 14-year-old girls.
This week, a judge sentenced her to 13 years behind bars for her crimes.
Almario had set up a prostitution ring using the internet, as well as classmates, and other friends she knew.
The Daily Mail reports:
Jelinajane Bedrijo Almario was 16 years old when she was arrested in May 2016 for human trafficking, sending threatening emails and making terrorist threats.
Police say the Hanford girl started a prostitution ring that spring with girls she met through friends and acquaintances or on social media.
‘These people are great at locating kids with low self-esteem and trying to be their friend, and then it obviously changes once they started working for her,’ Det. Richard Pontecorvo said.
She ensnared at least four girls between the ages of 14 and 15 into her ring, and organized for them to meet with johns by posting their pictures on different prostitution websites. She would then take them to different motels on Highway 99 in Tulare County for sex.
‘These girls would run away for weekends or work a couple of nights,’ Pontecorvo said.
It wasn’t until one of the girl’s mother became worried and called the police did anyone suspect the teenager. When the mother tried to call her daughter, who was one of Almirio’s victims, began making threats.
Police say that the ring lasted just a few months before they were able to break it up. Though she is 16, she was tried as an adult due to the seriousness of her crimes.
“We were able to get these girls back home and get them the help they needed,” Pontecorvo said. “But these pimps are ruining these kids’ lives at an early age.”