A Salt Lake County couple has been charged with forcing their 14-year-old babysitter to prostitute for them.
Jerald L. Banks, 31, and Holly Ann Banks, 25, were charged in 3rd Circuit Court with two counts of aggravated exploitation of prostitution, a second-degree felony.Court documents say the couple threatened to "kill (the girl) and burn her house down" if she didn't prostitute for them. The Banks "encouraged, induced, and forced (the girl) to become a prostitute . . . they received the proceeds of the prostitution from her."
The 14-year-old was arrested March 10 by an undercover detective who stopped her as she walked down a street. She had been forced to prostitute on at least two occasions, according to the documents.