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A high school cheerleader in Minneapolis faces felony charges of sex trafficking and promoting prostitution after she allegedly prostituted a cognitively disabled classmate as a means of making money.
Montia Marie Parker, 18, of Maple Grove, is scheduled to appear in court on June 12 in connection with her involvement in a scheme that involved forcing a 16-year-old student to preform sexual favors in exchange for cash.
Parker was a senior at Hopkins High School when the incident took place. According to police, Parker set up a Backpage.com ad featuring pictures of her 16-year-old cheerleading teammate. Backpage.com is notorious for prostitution busts, yet Parker posted the ad offering sexual favors in exchange for money.
Eventually someone responded to the ad, and Parker drove the victim to an apartment complex to meet with the man. The victim preformed oral sex on the man in exchange for $60, which Parker deposited into her own bank account.
In order to manage inquiries into the ad, Parker listed her phone number so she could keep track of potential clients. According to the complaint, Parker received a call from a man who wanted to pay the 16-year-old for sex. The girls had school that day, so Parker reportedly called the school and pretended she was the victim’s mother in order to excuse her from class. The pair then drove to the man’s house, but the victim did not want to have sex. She offered to preform oral sex on the man, but he refused, so Parker and the teen left.
The victim’s mother checked her daughter’s text messages after noticing changes in her behavior and hearing about unexcused absences from school. She uncovered numerous text messages suggesting some illegal activities were taking place.
“You’ll be fine — I didn’t drive up here for nothing, and eventually you will need to have sex,” Parker told the girl, according to the police report.
The FBI became aware of the alleged prostitution in March, and they met with the mother and victim. The mother told authorities that her daughter has an assigned social worker at school because she is cognitively disabled.
Parker is free on a $50,000 bond until her initial appearance on June 12.
Parker faces some stiff penalties if found guilty on the felony level. Sex trafficking has two definitions under Minnesota law. A person is guilty of sex-trafficking if they:
- Receive, recruit, entice, harbor, provide, or obtain by any means an individual to aid in the prostitution of an individual; or
- Receive profit or anything of value and know or have reason to know it is derived from sex trafficking.
According to the criminal complaint, Parker has already admitted to creating the Backpage ad for the 16-year-old. She also stated that the ad had received “a lot of calls” while it was listed.
Minnesota law states that sex trafficking crimes are punishable by a maximum of 15 years for an adult victim, but Parker faces an increased penalty because the victim was 16. In cases where the victim is under the age of 18, a person found guilty of sex trafficking can be punished by up to 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $50,000.
Related source: Fox News