Escort arranged for 16-year-old girl to sell sex to men in hotels to pay off debt



An escort pushed a vulnerable 16-year-old girl into prostitution because she owed her £100, a court heard. The victim fell into debt with Tyler-Jo Walker, who was selling sex in the Newcastle area, ChronicleLive reports.

The teenager ended up sleeping with more than 30 men in hotels and an apartment over two weeks for money after Walker told her she’d have to prostitute herself to pay back the money she owed her. In just one day, Walker took 12 men to the same hotel to have sex with the victim.

A court was told the victim had sex with men who paid around £80 for half an hour in hotels in Newcastle and an apartment in Sunderland. Walker took around £700 of the cash made while the teenaged made £3,000 in the two weeks before police rescued her after her mother de ella found out what was going on.

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The girl had first met Walker in a park before they got to know each other. On one occasion Walker paid £47 for the girl to get a taxi to an address where she was in Sunderland. The teenager, who thought Walker worked in an office, was shocked at what she discovered.

Sue Hirst, prosecuting, said: “When she arrived, Walker answered the door wearing only underwear. (The girl) asked what she was doing and the defendant said she was an escort. She was shocked.”

Due to the taxi and other items she bought, the girl ended up owing Walker around £100. Miss Hirst said: “She for the money back and she said she got her benefits asked on a Thursday. The defendant was not willing to wait and events took a more sinister turn and she told her she would have to have sex with men to pay the moneyback.

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“She felt she couldn’t say no as the defendant was determined this would have to happen. She made her pose in underwear and took pictures of her. (She) was unhappy and asked her to delete them but the defendant refused.”

The court heard Walker worked for an escort service and the woman running it would lease apartments for escorts to use, the court heard. Walker had flats in Sunderland and Jesmond which she used for clients.

Walker then arranged for a man to go to a flat in Sunderland to have sex with the 16-year-old for money. When she told the first client had arrived, she ran into the bathroom and said she could not do it but she was told she would have to make the money owed.

Miss Hirst said: “(The girl) was sitting on the bed and felt physically sick. A man in his 30s had sex with her and paid her £80 and the defendant took the money from her. She had a shower then discovered the defendant had arranged for another man to come to have sex with her.

“She described herself as distraught and said she was not happy about it. The defendant said ‘you will get used to it’. “On the first day she had sex with seven different men.”

On another occasion, she did as Walker asked and went to the Holiday Inn, in Newcastle, where she had arranged for men to have sex with her. She had begun to get drawn into the lifestyle and while at the Waterside Hotel, on Newcastle Quayside, Walker took 12 men to have sex with the girl on one day, one after the other. Later that day she had sex with a further four or five men.

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The court heard Walker was also on another escorts website and started offering the 16-year-old to men on there too.

Matters came to a head because the girl didn’t realize her mobile phone was linked to an iPad at her mother’s house. Her mum de ella saw messages flashing and when she checked it she saw a message from Walker saying “When you get there make sure you charge him for the taxi” and telling her what to do with clients and encouraging her to work hard.

Her mum contacted police, who found her at the Waterside Hotel, along with Walker and some nitrous oxide canisters. Walker told police she didn’t let the girl have many of the canisters because she couldn’t handle them and said: “I’ve mothered her because she’s like a baby.”

In the course of the two weeks she was working as an escort, she gave Walker £700 and kept around £3,000 for herself. She said she felt ‘relieved’ when the police arrived. Walker, 23, who has addresses in Newcastle and Middlesbrough and has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to causing or inciting prostitution for gain and was sentenced to 16 months suspended for two years with 120 hours.

Judge Robert Spragg said the offenses had a ‘significant impact; on the teen and added: “She has found it difficult to get on with her life as she often finds herself thinking about it, is embarrassed about it and no doubt it will have a long-lasting effect on a girl who was already troubled. ” The judge said help and intervention will help Walker ‘get away’ from the sex industry.

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Penny Hall, defending, said Walker was 19 at the time and believed the girl was 18, adding: “It’s very different to an offense involving child exploitation knowingly. The offense is over a relatively short period, just over two weeks. She thought she was helping someone who wanted to do the same work.

“She’s a vulnerable young woman and she has experienced a number of difficulties and traumatic events in her life. She’s been in abusive relationships. It’s perhaps because of that she finds herself able to switch off and work in this industry.”

Miss Hall added that Walker’s mum, who was her best friend died last year. She added that if she was sent to prison, there would be nobody to look after her dog from her. The court heard she has mental health issues and post traumatic stress disorder.

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