Kansas City woman accused of forcing teens into prostitution

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jackson County prosecutors have filed charges against an 18-year-old woman accused of forcing two teenagers into prostitution.

Jessi C. Larkie faces two counts of sexual trafficking of a child under 18 in connection with incidents that authorities said occurred between late March and mid-May. Online court records don’t list a lawyer for Larkie.

The Kansas City Star reports court records show that a 15-year-old girl told investigators she met Larkie online and Larkie later suggested the girl move in with her. After moving in, when the girl couldn’t find work, Larkie suggested the girl make money working as a prostitute and told her to stand at a street corner and “look cute.”

A 14-year-old girl who ran away from her Overland Park, Kansas, home told investigators a similar story.


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