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Three indicted for teen sex trafficking

Trio being held on 28-count complaint

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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 12:36 pm, Thu Mar 6, 2014.

A grand jury on Friday indicted two men and a woman on multiple charges for allegedly forcing a 14-year-old girl to work for them as a prostitute.

Lindsay Archibald, 31, of Woodside and Quanesha Hunte, 23, and Stephen Garrison, 25, both of Jamaica, originally were arrested on Feb. 3, according to a statement issued by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Brown said the 28-count indictment charged them variously with first- and second-degree kidnapping; first- and second-degree rape; first- and second-degree criminal sexual act; compelling prostitution; sex trafficking; second-degree promoting prostitution; second-, third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon; second- and third-degree assault; first-degree unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter set bail for Archibald at $400,000, and at $300,000 apiece for Hunte and Garrison.

Garrison faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted, while Archibald and Hunte would face 25 to life.

“Two of the defendants are accused of enslaving a young teenager and, together with the third defendant, forcing her to work as a prostitute,” Brown said. He added that the girl was forced to turn over all the money paid under the threat of physical violence.

Brown said the girl ran away from home in September before being introduced to the trio.

She allegedly was kept against her will for weeks at a house on 107th Street in Jamaica, where she was beaten if she protested or did not make enough money, and allegedly was threatened with death if she tried to escape.

The complaint alleges that the girl then was taken to Hunte’s residence on 177th Street in Jamaica where she was able to make calls to her grandmother and 911 unobserved.

A search warrant executed by the NYPD allegedly turned up a loaded Glock handgun.

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