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Raleigh teen accused in prostitution of disabled person

Posted August 10, 2015

Mercedes Tejana Davis, 16, was arrested in Durham and charged Friday.
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— A Raleigh teenager is being accused of advancing the prostitution of a person with mental disabilities.

Mercedes Tejana Davis, 16, was arrested in Durham and charged Friday with one count of promoting prostitution of a minor with mental disabilities and one count of promoting prostitution while confining a minor with mental disabilities. She was also charged with one count of felony conspiracy for allegedly conspiring with five unknown men to commit first-degree rape.

According to Durham police, Davis will also face a charge of attempted larceny for the theft of a vehicle and has charges in Wake County for possession of a stolen vehicle.

Bond for Davis was set at $1 million.

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  • Marcy Lyn Aug 24, 2015
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    Uh.... She prostituted a disabled person ? Nuff Said !!!!

  • Miranda McCraw Aug 11, 2015
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    This is so heartbreaking. I hope the victim can get the care she needs to recover, both physically and emotionally.

  • Shannon Williams Aug 10, 2015
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    I will say this from the article she sound like a horrible person who needs to be in prison! ...but let's think about this, are three short paragraphs really enough for us to fully understand the situation and gather all the facts?

  • Angel Nardo-Myers Aug 10, 2015
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    at some point you have to take responsibility for your actions. If you are molested that does not give you the right to molest others. I am sick of this warped since of I'm a victim so I didn't know better.. BS!!! How many of you understanding people would bring this charming young lady home to live in your house with your children? None!!! It's all good to sit back and let your hearts bleed for Miss Congeniality but she has to be held responsible for her actions. Clearly her parents aren't parents and that's sad but that is no excuse for this behavior. At 16 she can have a baby or an abortion yet she isn't responsible for this?! Pick which it is it can't be both.

  • Ann Ethridge Aug 10, 2015
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    No, poverty is only part of the issue. Has NOTHING to do with race. Hurt people, hurt people. Trace her past. No 16 yo commits this type of crime after waking up one morning. Instead of judging from what is reported (and we KNOW that the media ALWAYS has the complete story) look beyond what is being said and pay close attention to what is being done. I have worked with at risk youth for the last 9 years and I know this for sure - they (the kids) are NOT the cause of their problems. If you don't believe me, walk into any school, community center or down the street. Spend some time with the youth of today and you will see what I am talking about. This is a sad situation.

  • Mandy Woodlief Harp Aug 10, 2015
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    So yall are saying it's ok to commit horrific crimes. You have an excuse, you just don't know any better. Oh sure ok we'll just pass that off as oh that's so unfortunate. Then the crimes get worse while we just turn the other way. At 16 and this level of crime means the crimes will only get worse. Go ahead and lock her up for life!! It might spare a life or two down the road.

  • Norman Lewis Aug 10, 2015
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    I am tired of the worn out cry of "poverty" being an excuse for illegal activity. My parents grew up in the Great Depression under conditions that make the poorest person today look like a rich man and they were not criminals. This is a sick person and teenagers today have "ideas" about how to make money that would shock most of us and they DID come up with these ideas on their own. Racial or economic excuses for horrible acts are pure BS. I suppose the racial/economic apologists would have us lock up all the poor because apparently those factors cause all crime and to top it all off, it is all "our" fault for not ensuring everyone has a comfortable living regardless of effort or education.

  • Lee McNeill Aug 10, 2015
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    I can not speak too much on this but trust me she was not the mastermind and was clearly manipulated. Their is no possible way she thought of this on her own.

  • Cary Tom Aug 10, 2015
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    That is one busy 16 year old

  • Angel Nardo-Myers Aug 10, 2015
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    economic privilege? !?!? I don't care about her economic status or her race. I assure you my own childhood was no cake walk. The simple fact that she is abusing people weaker than her shows she has no morals or contentious. There is NO excuse for this behavior, she is a preying on others. I say keep her locked up and see how she likes prison. This country needs to take responsibility for their own behavior.

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