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A couple was arrested, charged and convicted of sex trafficking after abducting a teen girl and keeping her as a sex slave, prosecutors in New York said.
Queens County District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that the Queens couple has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking.
The two forced the 15-year-old girl into prostitution over several months.
District Attorney Brown said: “By pleading guilty the defendants admitted that they forced a very vulnerable teenager to work as a sex slave for their financial gain. The defendants’ guilty pleas ensure that they will be held accountable for their actions and allows the victim to move forward with her life. It also sends a clear message that such crimes will not be tolerated in Queens County.”
Jason Owens, 26, of 198 Street in St. Albans, Queens, and Chatara Dacosta, 29, of 229 Street in Laurelton section of Queens, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking before Queens Supreme Court Justice John Latella.
Owens faces 3 to 9 years in prison. Defendant Dacosta faces, 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison. The defendants held the 15-year-old Queens girl against her will.
The pair advertised sex in exchange for money on the Backpage website and forced the girl, using both threats and physical abuse, to perform sex acts.
A jury found Owens guilty of first-degree robbery and second- and third-degree attempted robbery in an unrelated case. In that case, Owens faces up to 25 years in prison.