Teen whistleblower leads cops to Scarborough brothel

Police have shutdown an alleged brothel in Scarborough after an underage prostitute tipped them off.

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A couple faces 11 charges in connection with running the alleged bawdy house from their apartment at 2283 Eglinton Ave. E. after its discovery in late September.

The couple forced a 16-year-old girl to work as a prostitute for four months, police said. She is the only underage sex worker investigators are aware of so far.

“We believe there were others,” said Det. Peter Harmsen.

The couple advertised the girl on a website, describing her as “young and attractive” but never stated her age, police said.

A separate website advertised daycare services at the same apartment that was allegedly used for the underage prostitution.

“The two websites had the same phone number and that’s what cracked the case,” said Harmsen.

He said there is currently no indication that the two businesses are connected or that minors from the daycare were involved in prostitution.

“We don’t believe that they had any real daycare operating because it was a short time that they advertised,” said police.

Loreto Munar, 27, is charged with two counts of living on the avails of prostitution, along with keeping a common bawdy house, permitting sexual activity and corrupting children.

Mary-Jean Tatlonghari, 28, who is also known by the names Christine Munar and Lisa Lee, faces the same charges. Tatlonghari is also charged with exercising control of the bawdy house.

The teen has been placed in the care of the Children’s Aid Society.

Police have asked anyone with information to contact 52 Division at 416-808-5200 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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By: Emily Hunter
Posted: Oct 15 2010 9:01 am
Filed under: News