Busted Teen 'Madam' Rips Pimp Charges

Ariz. 16-year-old denies running ring, says she was only a follower
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2009 10:08 AM CST

(Newser) – A 16-year-old girl charged with running a child prostitution ring calls the charges "ridiculous," the Arizona Republic reports. The girl and a pal were the madams of a ring that recruited girls as young as 14 to have sex for money, according to Phoenix police. "We have two girls who are, in essence, pimps," said a police spokesman. "They ran their own brothel." The teen admits being involved in prostitution but insists she was only a follower.