15-year-old boy runs underage prostitution ring out of mother’s houseBy Mason White 10:48 AM October 23, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A teenage boy was arrested for running a prostitution ring out of his mother’s house.
Police in Washington, said that the mother of 15-year-old Dionte Hunter, knew about the prostitution ring and she received a 25 percent cut from the profits.
Police learned about the underage prostitution ring while investigating Thaishaun Hunter, who is the older brother of the 15-year-old boy.
Thaishaun Hunter was arrested for a shooting at a Safeway grocery store in Hillyard, Spokane.
At the shooting, police heard the suspect making threats toward witnesses. The suspect threatened and warned witnesses not to speak with police.
To follow up on those threats, officers tapped the phones of the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center and heard conversations between the 15-year-old boy and his jailed 17-year-old brother.
Thaishaun Hunter guided his brother on how to run the prostitution ring, police said. Police confirmed that the boys used Backpage.com to advertise their services.
The mother of the boys allegedly saved her share of the profits to post bail for her 17-year-old son.
Dionte Hunter was arrested on charges including promoting prostitution of minors, promoting commercial sex abuse of a minor, possessing sexually explicit photos of minors and first-degree robbery.
Dionte Hunter is being charged as an adult and bail was set at $175,000. His older brother was also charged for his involvement in the prostitution ring. Both brothers are in the custody of the juvenile detention center.