The Miami-Dade State Attorney`s Office Human Trafficking Task Force, in conjunction with officers from the City of Miami Police Department and City of Miami Beach Police, have arrested 3 local adults in the forced prostitution and commercial exploitation of a 13 year old runaway girl.
Arrested were: Vilbert Jean (DOB 2/15/1977), Marlene San Vincente (DOB 2/25/1991) and DeWayne Ward (DOB 2/22/1995).
Each is charged with:
1 Count Human Trafficking
1 Count Delivering a Controlled Substance to a Person Under 18
1 Count Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
1 Count Lewd & Lascivious Conduct on a person less than 16.
As outlined in the arrest material, a 13 year old girl who had run away from home on 12/10/2013 was located by her mother on 1/6/2014 in the area of North Miami Avenue and NE 55 Street. The 13 year old was forced to prostitute herself for the benefit of her exploiters and later forced to dance as an exotic nude dancer after she refused to continue to engage in prostitution. Her earnings as a nude dancer were surrendered to her exploiters. Defendant San Vincente supervised and tutored the 13 years old on how to work the nude club scene and how to maximize her tip earnings for the benefit of the 3 exploiters.
This sad case shows how quickly human traffickers locate their young prey and turn them from children into cash producing machines, commented Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Sadly, to human traffickers, destroying a helpless child`s life is unimportant when compared to the consistent flow of cash into their pockets. The people of this community will not tolerate this. With the help of my Human Trafficking Task Force and my specialized Human Trafficking prosecutors, we will end this hideous practice.
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