NZ Herald Jan 25, 2008
Some of the teenage girls caught in a South Auckland underage prostitution operation this week were being pimped out by gang members who offered them accommodation and drugs in return for sex. The two-week operation saw 25 arrests on charges including engaging in sexual activity with teenage girls. It also saw 16 young people – including a 15-year-old boy and girls as young as 13 – being removed from the streets and returned to their families. Some were placed into the care of Child, Youth and Family. Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Pizzini said the operation – which finished on Wednesday with the execution of a number of search warrants – followed six weeks of intelligence gathering.