Two suspected of sex-trafficking of minors aged 12-15

21-year-old man suspected of befriending teenage boys and convincing them to take part in sexual acts with multiple partners.

August 9, 2013 18:25
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Handcuffs arrest police crime illustrative 390. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

The Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court on Friday extended in five days the remand of a 21-year-old Rosh Ha'ayin man and a 54-year-old woman who are suspected of sex-trafficking of teenagers aged 12-15.

The two allegedly forced the minors to engage in sexual activity with adults, as well as use drugs and consume alcohol.

Information gathered by police indicates the young man befriended teenage boys and convinced them to take part in sexual acts with multiple partners for money.

No other suspects were arrested so far, but police is investigating the connection of one minor and three adults to the case.

The man's attorney said her client believes the police complaint against him was filed by a woman who sought revenge for an argument they had.

A gag order has been issued on the identity of the suspects.

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