Jelinajane Bedrijo Almario was just 16 years old when she was arrested for for human trafficking, sending threatening emails and making terrorist threats. The California teenager started a prostitution ring, pimping out girls as young as 14 and 15 years old. Police stated that Almario would prey on young girls who were vulnerable with low self esteem.
‘These people are great at locating kids with low self-esteem and trying to be their friend, and then it obviously changes once they started working for her,’ Det. Richard Pontecorvo said.
She started the ring with young girls she’d meet through friends and acquaintances, or on social media. There were at least four girls involved with the ring. Almario would organize meetings with male suitors by posting their pictures on different prostitution websites. She would then take them to perform sexual acts at different motels on Highway 99 in Tulare County.
The mother of one of the victims noticed her daughter was missing and began to worry. Police say Almario sent the mother threatening text messages when she asked where her daughter was.
The prostitution ring lasted for just a few weeks before Almario was found and arrested. Although she was only 16 at the time of her arrest back in May of 2016, Almario was still tried as an adult due to seriousness of her crimes. She was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Monday, two days after turning 18.