Two men pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of forcing a 14-year-old girl to work as a prostitute, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
According to the DA, Shaquan Gould, of 135-38 123rd St. in South Ozone Park, and Evan Harrington, of 658 East 234th St. in the Bronx, both 21, were accused of holding the victim in a house in South Ozone Park for a week in April, forcing her to engage in prostitution acts and turn over her earnings to them. The victim escaped on April 26, a release from the DA’s office said.
“The defendants in this case admitted to forcing a young girl to perform sexual acts with various men against her will,” Brown said after the Queens Supreme Court proceeding. “Sex trafficking is a serious and disturbing crime that my office continues to vigorously pursue and prosecute.”
Sentencing is set for Oct. 23, according to the DA release.
Reach reporter Karen Frantz by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 718-260-4538.
©2012 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.