The Brooklyn DA today announced that it has charged four people, two men and two woman, in two separate but equally disturbing cases of sex trafficking involving young girls. "The defendants in these cases are the lowest of the low, forcing children to have sex for money," DA Charles Hynes said in a statement. And the charges against the four really are pretty grim.
According to the indictments, in November 2010 Melinda Carmichael, 22, introduced a 12-year-old girl to her friend Gary Whitfield, 29. The pair promised the girl "easy money and luxurious gifts," but instead reportedly forced her to spend the next 10 months dancing at clubs and bachelor parties, as well as picking up johns on the street and performing sex for cash. The pair face up to 25 years in prison if found guilty of the charges of sex trafficking, promoting prostitution in the second degree, and endangering the welfare of a child.
In another indictment unsealed today, the DA says that Kendale "Ace" Judge, 21, met a 13-year-old runaway in September and persuaded her he would "love and take care of her," but he lied. Instead, he is said to have beaten her and forced her into prostitution, advertising her services with photos on the website Backpage.com.
Even worse, when the 13-year-old tried to escape Judge, the young man and his 19-year-old friend Shanique Davis, "tracked her down and beat her and threw her down a flight of stairs." Davis also allegedly helped photograph the girl for her sex ads and helped to keep her captive. They also both face up to 25 years if convicted.