A 17-year-old girl acted as a “pimp” for a wealthy Auckland businessman – finding and enticing girls as young as 15 to have sex with him in return for drugs and cash, prosecutors say.
The pair allegedly preyed on methamphetamine-addicted teenagers, the 17-year-old sourcing the girls and delivering them to the man’s multimillion-dollar inner-Auckland property.
The man, 56, and the girl, now aged 20, are on trial in the Auckland District Court over events alleged to have taken place from October 2010 to December 2011.
The Crown says as well as inducing 15-year-old girls to provide “commercial sexual services” in return for methamphetamine, the pair conspired to drug one of the teenagers with the date-rape drug GHB.
A text from the girl read: “She [the alleged victim] is very hard for me to tolerate lol. Let’s spike her please.”
Prosecutor Jo Murdoch said in one instance, associates of the man located a girl who owed him money and brought her to the man’s inner-city residence.
He put her “in a device” and she was forced to perform oral sex on the businessman as a punishment.
Both accused have name suppression.
Murdoch said text messages from the girl said: “I don’t work ever. I’ve always been the pimp.”
Another text said: “I’ve got a girl to sell.”
Talking about her boyfriend, she said: “He hates that I was hanging around with meth maggots and pimping underage girls.”
The stupefying charges related to texts in which the girl suggested spiking the girls’ drinks with “waz” – the date-rape drug GHB.
The businessman is accused of sexually assaulting one of the teenagers after she was drugged.
The Crown said the 17-year-old eventually went to police.
She told them she procured girls as young as 14 for the man who liked them “the younger, the better”.
The girl’s defence counsel, Lorraine Smith, said her client was addicted to methamphetamine at the time and she was as much a victim as any of the girls who would give evidence.
The girl sold sex to get the drug and no-one was compelled to do anything, Smith said.
The businessman’s lawyer, Mark Ryan, said his client had had sex with the girls but it was not a court of “morals”.
He had paid cash for the sex and he “completely rejected” the methamphetamine allegations.
His defence would be one of “due diligence” – that he made reasonable inquiries to be assured the girls were 18, Ryan said.
The man faces 23 charges including disabling or stupefying, supplying Class A and Class B drugs, indecent assault, sexual violation, abduction, inducing or compelling a person to provide commercial sexual services and four counts of receiving commercial sexual services from a person under 18 years old.
[Story by Ian Steward: First published 12 October 2014] .