A man who pimped a 13-year-old girl out for 11 months was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
A man from Brooklyn was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Friday after pimping a 6th grader out.
The man created a fake Facebook profile and created a job listing for babysitters who wanted to make a little money.
Anthony Charles, 24, and co-defendant William McNeil pleaded guilty to trafficking the 6th grader for 11 months, starting in 2015.
The 6th grader, wanting to make a little money answered, the Facebook ad that the men had posted. When the girl showed up, they held her at gunpoint, and raped her. They then kidnapped her, held her, and pimped her out for 11 months.
They forced the little girl to perform sex acts in cars and hotels, and used violence to keep her in line.
For the 11 months, she was raped 4-7 times a day. The girl struggled as she read a tear filled statement in court on Friday,
The girl clutched her paper as she read:
“They took away my virginity, my dignity, my freedom, my happiness and most importantly, my childhood. I never understood how people can hear you cry for help and not do anything. What happen to me broke me forever,”
The girl continued as she cried:
“I felt disgusting. I felt dirty all the time. It was all types of men even doctors and teachers.”
The little girl said she grew so depressed that she considered suicide.
“Every time it happened, I cried, and I asked, “Why me? Why is this happening to me? What did I do to deserve this?’
The little girl said she actually managed to tell her family and friends, but when she told them, they did nothing and placed the blame on her, and ostracized her. The man kept her from going to police through threats, violence, and when she fell in line he use flattery to keep her. By then, like most trafficked children, they already had a hold on her mentally, which made her do everything they asked of her.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. said in a statement:
“The horrific violence and coercion committed against this 13-year-old child was not enough to break her spirit,”
Anthony Charles got 12 years in prison, and co-defendant William McNeil pleaded guilty to one count of sex-trafficking as part of a plea deal and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Vance continued on to say:
“She took the stand to testify in an act of extreme courage, bravely articulating the months of torture she endured at the hands of these heartless traffickers. The story of this profoundly courageous survivor shows us that in the safest big city in America, child sex trafficking still persists,”
There was a third defendant in the case, he was never apprehended.