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Couple charged for allegedly arranging clients for teenagers

Prostitution does exist in North Bay, a city police detective says, even though there aren’t any hookers walking the streets.
Prostitution does exist in North Bay, a city police detective says, even though there aren’t any hookers walking the streets.

The latest incident to come to light involves the arrest and charging Tuesday of two people who allegedly, over the last two years arranged clients for two teenage girls police said are prostitutes.

Det. Cst. Barry Ramsay laid the charges as a result of an ongoing investigation based on information received from the Children’s Aid Society in July.

Not just in the big city

Ramsay says he’s already seen this sort of thing.

“I’ve personally laid juvenile prostitution charges in the city before,” Ramsay said.

“North Bay wouldn’t be different than any other small city. This is the type of problem that we all have to deal with.”

Prostitution, Ramsay said, is not just a big city problem.

“We don’t have the street hookers here and I think that’s what makes this case stand out,” Ramsay said.

“People say ;we don’t have prostitutes here,' but prostitution still exists in every community regardless."

Investigation will look at clients

The two girls are between 15 and 17 years, and clients were provided for them by the two accused, Ramsay said.

The time period was between 2001 and present and involved adult male clients.

This investigation is ongoing, and Ramsay says it will also focus on the clients.

Mary Anne Bruckner, 30, of Pinewood Park Drive, in North Bay is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation; two counts of living on the avails of prostitution; two counts of juvenile prostitution; harassing telephone calls; and breach of a probation order.

Peter William Hallett, 35, of Pinewood Park Drive, in North Bay, is charged with sexual exploitation; sexual assault; and obstruction of justice

Both will appear in court Oct. 14.