Gang Recruits Underage

Gang Recruits Underage

Bloods gang members went to Brooklyn schools to recruit underage girls as hookers: prosecutors

Brooklyn prosecutors have busted Bloods gang members on charges of running several sex trafficking rings that recruited girls from junior high schools, the Daily News has learned.

Prostitutes as young as 15 were routinely beaten and deprived of food if they didn't earn $500 a day selling their bodies, the Brooklyn district attorney's office found.

Pimps went to schools to find hookers for their operations in Bushwick, Brownsville and East New York, according to indictments that will be announced today.

The teens and older women worked out of hotels, motels and the pimps' apartments and on the street - known as "the track," investigators said.

Their services were advertised on sites such as craigslist, Backpage.com and other adult Internet pages - as recently as last month, the court papers say.

Investigators uncovered four distinct operations, three of them run by Bloods gang members.

One of the accused ringleaders is Abking Wilcox, 30, a Bloods member with previous arrests for assault, weapons possession and promoting prostitution.

"He kept the girls prisoner in his house and if they didn't make the $500 minimum he beat them," an investigator said.

Wilcox is also accused of working a separate prostitution racket trafficking with James Kortu, a member of the Bloods' Horsegang unit, and Christiann Woodberry.

"Woodberry was the eyes and ears for Kortu; she trained the girls, told them never to look another pimp in the eye and to get the money first, before sex," said an investigator.

"If she saw the girls sitting on a curb or resting because they were tired, she called Kortu, who beat them," the investigator said.

Wilcox, who was also charged with rape, has been arrested. Kortu, who also had a 15-year-old girl working for him, is at large.

Authorities say a third ring was run by Tenisha Sanders, her cousin, Bernadette Mosely, and her son, Eric Sanders.

They are all charged with sex trafficking, including recruiting and abusing yet another 15-year-old.

The teen was having problems at home and moved in with Sanders - who forced her to have sex with Eric, prosecutors say.

"Bernadette Mosely took her to the dates that were arranged via the Internet," said an investigator.

When the teenager balked, she was beaten and otherwise threatened into submission, the source said.

Bloods members Lathaniel McCoy and Kareem Clark operated a fourth ring out of the Imperial Hotel at 2550 East New York Ave., and also had a 15-year-old working for them, the indictment said.

The investigation began with a domestic violence complaint from a woman who told authorities she was a prostitute.

That led to interviews with other hookers and information about the teenagers, who are now either in foster care or reunited with their families.

The eight accused sex traffickers face up to 25 years in prison, if convicted.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/06/02/2010-06-02_bloods_underage_hooker_rings_busted_da_gang_went_to_bklyn_schools_to_recruit_gir.html

 

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