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The JFK Inn Hotel on South Conduit Avenue in Jamaica.
By Forum Staff
A borough grand jury has handed up two separate indictments charging a total of four Queens residents with running a prostitution business out of the JFK Inn Hotel in Jamaica in June, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced Thursday.
Tyrone “Angel “Miles, 30, Bryant “Dollaz” Lowery, 22, both of Springfield Gardens; Luvasia Rodriguez, 21, of Jamaica; and Khalil ‘Lil’ Fryer, 21, of Far Rockaway have been arraigned on two indictments charging them with sex trafficking, kidnapping and other offenses for allegedly forcing one or more female victims to have sex with strangers for cash.
Miles and Lowery are charged with a law specifically targeting those who exploit children through the sex industry, Katz noted. According to the charges, the victims in this case were 16 and 17 years old when the defendants allegedly held them against their will at the JFK Inn and threatened them with physical harm unless they prostituted themselves.
At one point, when the youngest victim refused to continue having sex with strangers, Miles allegedly told her, “I will kill you,” and ordered her to tell customers that she was of legal age to consent to sex. Both Miles and Lowery have also been charged with allegedly raping her.
The defendants allegedly contacted customers to come to the JFK Inn, where the teenagers had sex with them in exchange for money, which the defendants kept.
According to the indictments, the two girls were kept separated from one another in the hotel.
Receipts from the establishment, obtained during the investigation, indicate that defendants
Miles and Lowery rented rooms at the JFK Inn Hotel between June 5 and June 12.
Video surveillance of the area depicts Miles and a third underage female walking into the location with the teenage girls on June 5. Additional video surveillance shows Miles, Rodriguez, and Lowery walking, collectively and individually, with the 16-year-old victim to and from different rooms within the JFK Inn.
The 16-year-old was able to escape when Miles left briefly, at which point she fled to a commercial establishment and contacted her family.
According to the charges, on June 19, Fryer, Rodriguez and Lowery abducted a 19-year-old female and held her at the JFK Inn. While at that location, the defendants allegedly ordered the victim to have sex with men for money. When she refused, Fryer allegedly told her that he would kill her if she did not comply. The defendants then set her up with a customer, and at that time the victim told the customer what was happening.
Although the client attempted to help her escape, the defendants allegedly tracked down the victim, forced her into their vehicle and then drove her back to the hotel. On the way back, Fryer allegedly punched and kicked the woman and struck her in the head with a hard bottle, while repeatedly stating that he would kill her if she ever tried to escape again. The victim was made to have sex with multiple customers, while defendant Rodriguez collected all of the proceeds.
The victim finally managed to escape when, after being left alone with one of the customers, she ran outside and flagged down a passing police vehicle. Fryer was apprehended outside of the location that morning, while Rodriguez and Lowery managed to flee the scene. The two were apprehended at a later date.