By Forum Staff
A multi-count indictment has been handed down on a 21-year-old Jamaica man, charging him with sex trafficking, compelling prostitution, criminal sexual act and other crimes for recruiting a 15-year-old girl into prostitution.
At 16, the teen was coerced into having sex with him, and strangers, for money this past June.
“The defendant in this case is accused of profiting from prostitution by forcing a young teenage girl into having sex dates with men for cash,” said DA brown. “Once again, I want to emphasize that prostitution is not a victimless crime and that sex trafficking is an incessant act of brutality and degradation that scars its victims for life.”
Tyquan Henderson, 156th Street in Jamaica was arraigned before Queens Supreme Court Justice Ira Margulis on a 13-count indictment charging him with compelling prostitution, sex trafficking, second-degree promoting prostitution, third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child.
In May of this year, the 15-year-old victim met Henderson through a friend. Shortly thereafter when she turned 16, and reunited with Henderson, they engaged in sexual intercourse and oral sex.
During this time, Henderson told the victim to call him “Daddy” and forced her to engage in sexual intercourse and/or oral sex with other men in exchange for money. Additionally, it is alleged that Henderson verbally threatened her with harm if she didn’t make enough money for him. He allegedly wanted her to make $500 a night prostituting herself.
District Attorney Brown said that the case came to light when the victim went to a friend’s house on June 24, and her friend’s mother called the police.
Henderson, faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted, and was held on $500,000 bail, and was ordered to return to court on August 22.
By Forum Staff