Five nabbed for using two underage prostitutes
High-school girls with rich clients in plush Roman neighborhood30 October, 18:10
The girls, aged 14 and 15, are students at the same Rome high school and allegedly began working in May after being lured through a social network called 'Bakeca Incontri' (Meetings Bulletin Board). They allegedly went to school in the morning and worked in the afternoon, making up to 300 euros per client and used the money to supply their pimps, including one of their mothers, with drugs, police said.
The girls allegedly catered to a large clientele of well-heeled professionals who allegedly paid the house up to 500 euros per session and up to 5,000 euros for a weekend. The five arrested were caught red-handed and are being investigated for paying for sex with a minor, which is punishable in Italy with 1-6 years in jail. Aged 30-35, they all denied knowing the girls were underage.
The 15-year-old, who comes from a middle-class family, had left home and was living on her own. The mother of the 14-year-old, a barmaid, was also arrested for taking a cut of her daughter's illicit gains, police said.
The 15-year-old's mother reportedly alerted police after noting changes in her daughter's behaviour.