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Alleged Bloods member busted in Springfield Gds. prostitution

Troy "Drip" Siddons, 20, of 174-15 127th Ave., is charged with forcing his victim to prostitute herself at The Executive Motor Inn in Springfield Gardens and on the street near 150th Street and Rockaway Boulevard, an area frequented by street walkers, the DA said. Siddons, who is also an alleged member of the Bloods street gang, faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.A member of the Police Department's Queens Vice Enforcement Squad executed a search warrant at Siddons' residence on Feb. 2 and discovered a loaded .357 handgun, Bloods gang beads and business cards offering "massage therapy, private parties, private dancing, social gathering and much more," according to DA Richard Brown.Siddons is accused of forcing the victim to prostitute herself from Nov. 15 to Jan. 31 at private residences in New York and New Jersey and various New York City hotels, including The Executive Motor Inn, located at 151-76 North Conduit Ave. in Springfield Gardens, Brown said.The hotel remains closed amid charges that it catered to prostitution. Its owners were expected back in court in March to challenge the closure.Brown's indictment alleges that Siddons instructed the victim to offer sexual services in exchange for cash. In some instances, Brown said, Siddons arranged for the victim to have sex with customers for $200 an hour. The victim, Brown said, was then forced to split the proceeds with Siddons.Brown said child prostitution is a serious and growing problem in New York. During 2004, Brown said, 150 girls under the age of 17 were arrested for prostitution in New York, including 53 in Queens. He likened child prostitution to a form of modern day slavery."Few activities are as brutal and dehumanizing as prostitution," Brown said. "The defendant's alleged actions as the victim's pimp and captor not only destroyed the innocence and hopes of this child, who was once enrolled in a gifted and talented program, but put her at risk to contract a myriad of serious and fatal diseases."Reach Reporter Craig Giammona by e-mail at news@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300 ext. 146.

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