Teen Prostitution Is a Growing Concern at Berkeley High School

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The Berkeley community is freaking out over increasing reports of high school students who are apparently working as prostitutes when they should be working on their math homework.

Berkeley police confirmed that they are getting at least one or two referrals per month from Berkeley High School about suspected teenage prostitutes. Their evidence: They see these young female students pacing the gritty streets around San Pablo Avenue where hookers are proud and plentiful.

"That's a huge number," Yelda Bartlett, chairwoman of Berkeley's Commission on the Status of Women told KTVU.


Last night the Commission decided it was time for the community to tackle the issue of teenage prostitution. The group is pushing the Berkeley City Council to create a task force that will come up with some ideas on how to solve, or at least diffuse, the issue.

"It is a big issue for us -- these are youth, these are young people,"  Berkeley Police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said.  "It's a sensitive and tragic situation, so we're very concerned about it."

Earlier this week, we told readers about the East Bay couple that was indicted for trafficking teenage girls and forcing them into prostitution. Mahendar "Mike" Singh, 40, and his wife Helen Jean Singh, 22,  were indicted on Dec. 1, and charged with  recruiting young girls and promising them money, drugs, and a family-like environment. They also used physical force and threats, fostering a climate of fear, according to the indictment.

Mahendar Singh pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, and Helen Singh is scheduled to appear in court today.

If convicted, the not-so-happy couple could receive life in prison.

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BHSEmployee
BHSEmployee

This story has since been discredited.  KTVU did not in fact get confirmed reports from BHS.  I am an employee of Berkeley High.  No one is "freaking out."  We are just upset that KTVU reported so irresponsibly.  They have pulled the story now aware they screwed up.  

Jerry999
Jerry999

So they assume young ladies walking on the street are prostitues? Must be some ploy to hire more policemen or something. What a nutty story.

bad
bad

hahaha these young girl are all over the place.  look at the internet sites and all you see are you black and latina girls looking for money.  Have of them have titles saying" Money Motivated". which means they are for sale.   Let them be maybe they will learn when someone picks them up and strangles them. Problem solved.

Elizabeth Frantes
Elizabeth Frantes

Ummmm . .. didn't y'all run a story a little while ago about how all the hooha and fuss over teen hookers was a hoax?  So you're prepared to admit that it is a problem?  And that this sort of thing has been going on for some time?  And that perhaps even you "journalists" suffer from rectocranial impaction?

Briansays
Briansays

and Obama says no Plan B pill for youI'm assuming they have typical Berkley liberal parents who simply have raised a child with very liberal (i.e.none) values when its comes to sexualityLiberals hate to pass judgementWell guess what?Your refusal to make value judgements in the abstract have real life consequences 

Flemingrandolph
Flemingrandolph

aka 'no moral compass'..zero absolutes..Liberals are hopelessly confused and the 'chickens , finally have come home to roost'.

SQ INMATE
SQ INMATE

 Real life consequences? isnt that why they built SQ-Q SAN QUENTIN STATE PRISON FOR? thats where I am writing from right now. YES WE HAVE COMPUTER INTERNET ACCESS HERE AT Q. some real hard consequences huh?

Susie
Susie

 Who are you talking to Brian?

Bra Salesman
Bra Salesman

chinks-gooks-slants-slop head females have the tightest pussys. they are lil china dolls for sure. they were made for sex.

CandiEyez1
CandiEyez1

Well may be u should go to china then ad get the fuck out of the good USA!

Bra Salesman
Bra Salesman

they should start an online slut service.

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Excellent!  I truly do hope the Singhs receive a life sentence only to be released in their 80s so they can care for themselves not paid for by taxpayers.

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