June 9, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge
Two Brooklyn men charged with sex trafficking allegedly forced a teenage girl into prostitution from a Long Island City Days Inn, according to the Queens District Attorney.
Defendants Kadeem Moore, 18, and Francois Cousins, 22, were charged last week with sex trafficking, promoting prostitution, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful imprisonment, after allegedly forcing two women, 23 and 16, into prostitution.
They face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
According to the charges, the older woman introduced the teenager to Moore at the Days Inn located at 31-36 Queens Blvd. Moore and Cousins then allegedly forced them to prostitute numerous times in Queens and elsewhere from January to March, using intimidation and physical abuse.
A general manager at the Queens Boulevard Days Inn declined to comment.
The charges describe a series of attempted escapes by the younger woman thwarted with violence, until a 911 call from the older woman, answered by the 108 precinct, led investigators to prostitution advertisements of the teenager.
On March 10, an NYPD sting operation responded to the advertisement, and an undercover officer was directed to a Queens Clarion Hotel, where the younger woman agreed to have sex with the officer in exchange for $120, according to the DA. Moore and the older woman were allegedly observed in the vicinity.
The DA’s office could not confirm the precise location of this Clarion.
Attorneys for Moore and Cousins could not be reached for comment. Defendants are scheduled to return to court on June 22.