"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.
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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