16-Year-Old Girls Accused of Being Pimps

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prostitution, motelWhat is the world coming to? Sixteen year old, female pimps?

According to CNN, Tatiana Tye and a second 16-year-old girl, Jazmine Finley, were indicted earlier this week by a grand jury in Maricopa County, Arizona.

From the report: Tye is charged with one count of child prostitution and three counts of pandering, or serving as a go-between or liaison for sexual purposes, prosecutors said.

Finley faces nine counts of child prostitution; two counts of receiving earnings of a prostitute; and one count of pandering. All the charges are felonies, prosecutors said.

The two were arrested last week after a five-month investigation, Phoenix police told reporters. Authorities believe Tye and Finley recruited at least five girls, ranging in age from 14 to 17, on the campuses of their high schools, police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill said in a Monday news briefing posted on the Web site of CNN affiliate KTVK.

"We have a situation of two girls, 16 years old, who are, in essence, pimps," Hill said. "And they ran their own brothel."

Should these girls be tried as adults?

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