In eye-opening testimony presented in a trial of a Portland man accused of forcing a 17-year-old girl into prostitution, reports The Oregonian, one stunning economic fact emerged: the 21-year-old defendant was making more money than anyone else in the courtroom: as much as $2,000 to $3,000 in a single day. The girl he prostituted said Gus Wayne Rouse Jr. was sending her out on 10 tricks a day, forcing her to turn over everything she made. Once, when she tried to hide some of the money in the bathroom vent of a motel room, he choked her and warned her if she did it again, she’d get worse.
The week-long trial exposed a rarely told story of an underage prostitute, the johns who flocked to her, and the pimp who ruled so absolutely. It shined a light on the seedy underbelly of the Internet, where call girls in every corner of the state are pictured scantily clad or nude, blatantly offering sex acts for money. The trial featured a string of adults who exploited the 17-year-old, or turned a blind eye to what was really going on — from the taxi driver who made $40 driving her to johns’ homes, to the motel owners who didn’t ask questions, to the emergency-room doctor who lived in a swank condo and became her No. 1 client.