16 juveniles forced into prostitution — including some teens who had been reported missing by their families — were rescued by the FBI in a two-week operation leading up to the Super Bowl, the agency said Tuesday.
Girls as young as 12 years old are being targeted on the streets, at bus stations, even college campuses and sold into the sex trade.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the arrests follow an 11-month investigation by the state Organized Crime Task Force, the Department of Homeland Security and the NYPD.
Many believe New Jersey’s sprawling highway system, proximity to New York City and diverse population make it an attractive base of operations for traffickers.
Danielle Douglas was raised comfortably in Springfield, N.J. Then at the age of 17 she became a sex slave.
Law-enforcement agents in New Jersey have redoubled efforts to fight what they worry could be one of the biggest menaces to come with next month’s Super Bowl: sex trafficking.
At the conclusion of his sentence Cortez-Granados will face five years of supervised release, he has also been ordered to pay $145,815 in restitution to his two victims.
Vincent George Sr. and Vincent George Jr., of Allentown, Pa., were sentenced Monday in Manhattan to three to nine years in prison. They were acquitted of sex trafficking.
Vincent George Jr. and Sr. were convicted of money laundering and promoting prostitution and still face significant jail time.
“These convictions and sentences serve as a measure of justice for the victims and send a message that sex trafficking will not be tolerated in Queens County,” District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Closing arguments were underway Thursday in the trial of Vincent George Sr. and Vincent George Jr., a case that drew widespread attention after several prostitutes took the witness stand to defend their pimps.
Many of those arrested in the month-long sting, dubbed “Operation Flush the Johns,” include lawyers, bankers, teachers and medical professionals.
Vincent George, Sr. and Vincent George, Jr.’s defense is that they are pimps, but not sex traffickers.
A man was sentenced to 62 1/2 years in prison Monday for operating a violent sex trafficking ring out of his Upper East Side apartment.
Hikeem Green, 38, and his girlfriend Darcell Marshall, 22, allegedly held a 19-year-old from Rockland County and a 20-year-old from New York City in a foreclosed home they illegally occupied.