Monday, February 26, 2001

Sarah Galashan

Girl, 11, rescued from forced prostitution

Vancouver police have arrested and charged three Americans with abducting an 11-year-old girl from Portland, Ore., drugging her, and forcing her to work the streets of Vancouver as child prostitute.

The arrests came Saturday night following a week-long investigation by the Vancouver Police vice squad. The girl was apprehended by police and flown home Sunday.

Jabari McCrory, David Walker and Melinda May Carter face charges including assault, abduction and sexual interference of a minor under the age of 14, and possession of controlled substances.

McCrory and Walker are in their mid-twenties and former high school pals. McCrory's father, reached at his home in Portland late Sunday night, said the pair had attended the local Jesuit School, an elite prep school.

John McCrory, Jabari's father, is divorced and was planning a weekend visit with his son who currently lives with his mother.

He said he was stunned by news of the arrest of his only child. The boys had been missing since at least Friday, he said, adding that the family vacationed in Vancouver when his son was younger.

He said Walker came from a "well-to-do" family and that he knew little about Carter.

Vancouver police have not said what prompted their investigation, and will not release the girl's name.

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