As a follow-up to last week’s story where it was reported that a former prison guard and her accomplice turned a 16-year-old girl into a prostitute, it has been confirmed that two Pittsburgh area residents, a 33-year-old female and a 32-year-old male, the latter having been a former inmate at the prison where the female worked as a guard, are being federally charged with sex trafficking of a child and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking. The victim, who was 16 at the time of the alleged incidents, is from Western Pennsylvania and had fled from a juvenile placement program when the defendants found her and began their alleged crimes.
The defendants were respectively a guard and an inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Greensburg, where they met. The inmate was serving a sentence for drug-related offenses and the two began living together upon his release from prison. The victim met them during the summer of 2012 and was invited to move in with them, which she did. Soon after moving in the victim was allegedly told by the defendants that she would need to become a prostitute so that they could have money.
The victim claimed to federal agents that the male defendant physically assaulted her and made threats on her life by indicating that he owned several guns. He also is alleged to have held her hostage inside the apartment, telling her that she couldn’t leave because she was on the run from authorities and would be sent back to the juvenile program if she left.
The defendants are in the process of being transported back to Pittsburgh after having been located and arrested in Philadelphia. They have not yet been appointed legal representation.
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