2 NY Men Charged With Human Trafficking In RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police say two New York men enslaved teenagers as young as 16 in Rhode Island and forced them into prostitution.

Police say Andy Fakhoury and Joseph Defeis, both 23 of Yonkers, N.Y., came to Providence because of a loophole that legalized indoor prostitution. Lawmakers closed the loophole last year.

According to a police affidavit, Defeis and Fakhoury brought a 16-year-old girl to Rhode Island to work as a prostitute between 2007 and 2009. Police also say Fakhoury raped a 19-year-old and forced her into prostitution from July through mid-October.

Fakhoury is being held without bail after waiving his right to a bail hearing Friday.

Defeis was charged with trafficking and involuntary servitude and released on $10,000 surety on Nov. 5. A number for Defeis couldn’t be located and he couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday.

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  • yonk

    I know these guys personally and they are innocent. They girl is a drug addict and lying flat out. It’s the parents fault these girls get into drugs and prostitution, they make decisions on their own. I know these guys and the situation, I am sure they will be found innocent.

    • mad

      guess he wasnt found inocent so what you gonna say now and how you gonna blame the parents u morron when he took advantage of these girls wake up

  • sawney bean

    Lock the punks up and let them be traded around the prison. See how tired their orifices get after Bubba slings some prison sausage their way

  • joe hunt

    That’s because we live in a liberal society in which someone can basically take someone’s soul and they are released on 10,000 bail. Legalized castration in the public square would put a quick end to most of these crimes and the castration should be without anesthesia. What breaks my heart is that this was someone’s daughter

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