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Minnesota high school cheerleader charged with pimping out teammate

A high school senior in the suburbs of Minneapolis is facing criminal charges after she allegedly pimped out a sophomore at a Craigslist-esque website called Backpage.com.

Both students are female and both are members of the cheerleading squad at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, reports KSTP, the ABC affiliate for the Twin Cities.

Charges in the criminal complaint filed against Montia Marie Parker, 18, include promotion of prostitution and sex trafficking in the second degree.

Montia Marie Parker. Photo: Hennepin County Jail via Associated Press

The unnamed 16-year-old student told police that she became a working girl after a March conversation among friends and other cheerleaders. The topic was ways to earn extra cash. An unnamed person suggested providing oral sex to men as a potential solution. The sophomore didn’t take the idea seriously. Nevertheless, it was apparently discussed in some detail.

At some later time, Parker contacted the girl — first on Facebook and then by text. The girl told Parker that she actually would be interested in making money via the world’s oldest profession. Parker then asked for some photos. “Not too nasty but kinda cute,” the senior instructed, according to KSTP. Parker also wanted the girl to “show a little skin” and show off “different outfits.”

Using the photos, Parker then designed an advertisement for the girl’s services and placed it on Backpage.com.

The website contains a notorious adult services section that CNN has described as a den of coerced sex-trafficking.

On the afternoon of March 5, Parker drove the sophomore — along with two other females — to an apartment building. At some point, Parker told the girl, “You’re up!” The girl proceeded to provide oral sex to an unidentified man for $60 in cash.

A similar series of events transpired on at least one more occasion and the 16-year-old said she drew the line when asked to have sexual intercourse.

The 16-year-old girl left school early for the skin-trade outings. Also, in true pimp style, Parker allegedly took all the cash for herself.