Ottawa Prostitution Ring: Teen Girl Pimps Essentially Define Misogyny

A group of Ottawa teenagers pleaded not guilty to over 74 individual charges on Tuesday, including human trafficking, abduction, forcible confinement, robbery, sexual assault, assault, and printing and publishing child pornography. So far, seven victims of this brutal prostitution ring have come forward to testify against their "pimps": three 16- and 17-year-old girls. Not unlike cases of female-on-male rape, many have felt the need to joke about the fact that females orchestrated this business (most often citing the Jay-Z lyric "Ladies is pimps too"). While the clear misogynists are the accused teenage girls, their actions only reflect society's negative views of women.

All three girls were apparently model community members, with one being praised as "a class valedictorian and the go-to babysitter on her street" during the trial. While many convicts appear to be in a good place prior to committing their crimes, it would seem these girls were far too young to have been able to balance their deviance with their productive lives. In short, it just doesn't make any sense. How do teenage girls become vicious pimps?

It's important to note how horrible their actions became: victims were abducted, forced to pose nude, photographed, brought to "appointments" with men who were all too willing to rape young girls, and the prostitutes were beaten if they did not comply. The money the victims "made" from their actions was immediately taken away and they were sent home. One 13-year-old victim was dropped off by her mother, who was under the impression she was there for a sleepover. The accused even gave the girls marijuana and alcohol until they passed out.

Pimp culture is misogyny. These victims, and all who partake in prostitution against their wills, were dehumanized and had their own bodies exploited for no personal gain. When the pimp is a man, he is often seen as the "protector" of the women and girls that work for him, taking their money for their own safety or to advertise their services. When the pimp is a woman ... it's not as clear. The accused seemed to come into their own naturally, though, as evidenced by their Twitter posts that occurred during several of the assaults.

"Ain't no problem like a hoe problem. I've got hoe problemssss [sic]," read one.

Another boasted, "I'm getting to tha money, n tha money getting to me [sic]."

Rap lyrics? Perhaps. But the point here is that these teenagers were indeed corrupted — maybe not by "a variety of mass-media sources" themselves, but by the views upon which much of the media rely for success. This still doesn't make the accused victims themselves, but it shows how easily people can turn into violent misogynists. Their transition from being outwardly model children to desperate, dangerous pimps is certainly cause for concern.

The real victims deserve all the justice in the world for the unspeakable pain and violence against them. They were unfairly treated, used for someone else's sick game, and need to understand that none of this was their fault in the least. They were tricked by a slew of hateful people who didn't care about them. The three teenagers, if convicted, deserve the harshest punishment that can be levied against them; not only for their countless crimes against the victims, but for their crimes against women.

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Christine Salek

Christine is a writer and perpetual student living in Des Moines, Iowa. Her writing can also be found on Medium, the Gonzaga Bulletin, and ResearchGate.

MORE FROM

Mom slams ACA repeal, shows what's at stake in a tweetstorm about son's health

This mom says that without the ACA, her son wouldn't get the medical care he desperately needs.

Theresa May announces pact with Northern Ireland's conservative DUP

10 of the DUP's MPs will vote alongside May's party in exchange for more than $1 billion of funds.

Supreme Court will hear case of baker who refused service to gay couples on religious grounds

The Supreme Court will take on the case of a bakery owner who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple.

'Hot Mic' podcast: Health care opposition, Trump on Russian meddling & Pakistan tanker explosion

The important stories to get you caught up for Monday morning.

Dozens missing after tourist boat carrying more than 160 passengers sinks in Colombia

At least six people are confirmed dead and dozens more unaccounted for.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's website hacked with pro-ISIS propaganda

The same attack also hit government websites in Brookhaven, New York, and Howard County, Maryland, according to reports.

Mom slams ACA repeal, shows what's at stake in a tweetstorm about son's health

This mom says that without the ACA, her son wouldn't get the medical care he desperately needs.

Theresa May announces pact with Northern Ireland's conservative DUP

10 of the DUP's MPs will vote alongside May's party in exchange for more than $1 billion of funds.

Supreme Court will hear case of baker who refused service to gay couples on religious grounds

The Supreme Court will take on the case of a bakery owner who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple.

'Hot Mic' podcast: Health care opposition, Trump on Russian meddling & Pakistan tanker explosion

The important stories to get you caught up for Monday morning.

Dozens missing after tourist boat carrying more than 160 passengers sinks in Colombia

At least six people are confirmed dead and dozens more unaccounted for.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's website hacked with pro-ISIS propaganda

The same attack also hit government websites in Brookhaven, New York, and Howard County, Maryland, according to reports.