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Girl, 16, 'chose' to be stripper, defence argues

Credits: Brian Donogh/Winnipeg Sun

MEGAN GILLIS | QMI AGENCY

OTTAWA -- A teen who accuses her 16-year-old boyfriend of pimping her out as a stripper and beating and using a Taser on her for defying him is unstable and unreliable, the boy's lawyer argued Thursday.

"Part of the theory of the defence is that this complainant has serious psychiatric issues, that she gets obsessed with boyfriends," defence lawyer James Harbic said.

"At the end of the day, credibility is going to be a major issue."

His client, now 17, is on trial facing charges including human trafficking, living off the avails of prostitution and assault causing bodily harm.

The girl testified she was 16 and 17 when she was stripping in half-a-dozen local peeler bars in the fall of 2011 and handing the up to $680 she made a night to the boyfriend who said he was the only one who loved her.

She finally left, she said, when she realized he'd never change.

The teen hotly denied Harbic's suggestions that she didn't seek medical attention for any injuries because her boyfriend never really hit her and denied saying she had him charged because she was mad at him for cheating.

She agreed she didn't want to live at home and chose to strip.

"You agree with me it was your decision to dance?" Harbic asked.

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

"It's not a criminal offence in this country to date someone who is a dancer," Harbic commented later.

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