Flatbush man charged with sex trafficking of two teens
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.
“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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