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‘Pimped out’ teen in Ottawa admits she chose to work as stripper, court hears

MEGAN GILLIS | QMI AGENCY

OTTAWA - An Ottawa girl who alleges she was "pimped out" as a stripper, ordered to have sex with strangers and Tasered by her 16-year-old boyfriend admitted Thursday she chose to dance at local peeler bars.

"You agree with me it was your decision to dance?" defence lawyer James Harbic asked the young woman, who was 16 and 17 when she was living in motels and stripping in the fall of 2011.

"I did say I would do it," she said.

"You chose to dance?" Harbic asked.

"Yes," she replied.

The woman agreed she'd wanted to leave home.

"I was having a lot of problems at home and he came in and said he would look after me," she said, later describing how her boyfriend told her her parents didn't love her and he was her only family.

The boy, now 17, whose name can't be reported, is on trial facing charges including human trafficking, living off the avails of prostitution and assault causing bodily harm.

The young woman testified that she didn't know the youth was 9 1/2 months younger than her until after his arrest.

"He definitely did not look 16 at the time," she said.

The trial continues Thursday afternoon.

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