A 13-year-old-girl in China pushed her three underage friends into prostitution after suspecting them of disclosing her secret that she was working as a prostitute at a massage parlour.
The incident occurred in Henan province.
Honghong (name changed) was herself lured into the sex trade to earn pocket money after she quit the school two years ago, the Shanghai Daily quoted a media report as saying.
But when her boyfriend broke up with her after learning about her job, Honghong was convinced that her classmates had disclosed her secret and vowed to take revenge, the report added.
The underage Honghong and a fellow 17-year-old prostitute threatened to beat the three classmates, aged between 13 to 14, to death if they didn't join prostitution.
Fourteen-year-old Xiaoshan (name changed) was coerced into having sex with two men at the massage parlour. The other two 13-year-old girls looked so young that the parlour owner refused to keep them.
Honghong was immune from the legal punishment while her helper, Dandan, has been charged with forcing others into prostitution, according to Zhongyuan District People's Procuratorate, a law supervision organ, in the provincial capital Zhengzhou.
All the four girls lived in low-rent communities with their migrant worker parents who struggled to make ends meet in Zhengzhou, the report said.