Flatbush man charged with sex trafficking of two teens

November 6, 2019 Noah Goldberg
Brooklyn Supreme Court. Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese
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A Flatbush man was arraigned on sex trafficking charges for allegedly pimping out two underage girls, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Hakeem Bennett, 24, was allegedly trafficking a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old, using a building on East 29th Street in Flatbush for paid sex acts. The NYPD received information on Sep. 30 from the FBI that a missing 17-year-old was possibly being sex-trafficked in Brooklyn.

On Oct. 3, an undercover NYPD officer responded to an escort ad, which had photos of the two girls, as well as a third girl. The undercover was directed by an unidentified girl to head to an address in Flatbush. There he met Bennett, the 15-year-old and the 17-year-old and agreed to pay $250 to have sex with the two girls, according to prosecutors.

The undercover officer and the two girls headed to a different location, and as they did, the undercover’s partners arrested Bennett, according to the district attorney.

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“We allege that this defendant took advantage of two vulnerable young girls, trafficking them for money in exchange for sex. I am committed to rescuing and protecting our at-risk children and teens from predators who seek to abuse and exploit them,” said District Attorney Eric Gonzalez in a statement.

Bennett was allegedly trafficking the girls for weeks before his arrest, posting advertisements and pretending to be a girl when people called the number, according to prosecutors. He also accepted money via cash apps, prosecutors said.

He was ordered held on $250,000 bail by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun. Bennett will next appear in court on Jan. 8.

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