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SPOKANE, Wash. -

17-year-old Thaishaun Hunter appeared in court Friday morning to face charges of running an underage prostitution ring in Spokane with his 15-year-old brother, Dionte Hunter.

Thaishaun's trial date has been scheduled for November 9, 2015. 

In all, here are the charges Thaishaun is facing:

  • Charge 1: First Degree Assault with a firearm (6 charges in all, due to victims involved)
  • Charge 7: Promoting sex with a minor
  • Charge 8: Promoting commercial sex abuse of a minor
  • Charge 9: Leading organized crime
  • Charge 10: Promoting prostitution
  • Charge 11: Conspiracy to promote commercial sex abuse of a minor

Police say Dionte and Thaishaun were pimping out girls, some as young as 14-years-old. 

The investigation began back in February after a shooting in the HIllyard area in a Safeway parking lot. At that time, Spokane Police arrested Thaishaun in connection to the January 26 shooting. After hearing that those who were arrested in connection to the shooting were making threats against witnesses, investigators tapped the phones of the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center. However, rather than hear stories about threatening witnesses, they heard Thaishaun telling Dionte how to run a prostitution ring using, among others, the brothers' girlfriends as prostitutes, according to court documents. 

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Police say Dionte was using backpage.com to advertise the girls and send them out on calls. 

"Make them think they're going to be reimbursed, even if they're not," was one message relayed between the brothers in the phone taps according to documents. 

"Treat them right, that way they stay around, and make sure they do the calls," another message said. 

Police eventually found the girls on the website and set up a meeting with them. When the girls met with them and found out they were officers, the girls told the entire story. 

Spokane Police Corporal Jordan Ferguson told KHQ Thursday evening that they aren't considering the young girls as child prostitutes, but as rape victims. 

One of the girls told police they gave 25 percent of the money they made to Dionte and Thaishaun's mom, claiming she was using part of it to save for the cost of bailing Thaishaun out of jail for the shooting charge. For that incident, Thaishaun's bail was set at $175,000, meaning she would need $17,500 to bail him out. 

While investigating the prostitution ring, police say they found a connection between that and a robbery that happened during a prostitution call in Spokane County. In that case, deputies say the prostitute and her pimps attacked the "John" and robbed him of at least $400. Deputies believe Dionte was one of those pimps. 

Police say they also found nude pictures of underage girls on his cell phone. 

15-year-old Dionte Hunter has been charged with the following: 

  • Charge 1: Exploiting a minor for sexual purposes
  • Charge 2: Possession of depictions of minors
  • Charge 3: Dealing sexually explicit material
  • Charge 4: Promoting travel for the purpose of sex with minors
  • Charge 5: Promoting sex with minors
  • Charge 6: Conspiracy to promote travel for the purpose of sex with minors
  • Charge 7: First Degree Robbery

All charges against 15-year-old Dionte and 17-year-old Thaishaun are adult charges. 

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