A 22-year-old Ozone Park man has been sentenced to two to six years in prison following a guilty plea last month to sex trafficking for forcinga 15-year-old girl to work as aprostitute and to turn over all of her earnings to him.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown identified the defendant as Gary Council, 22, of 91st Street in Ozone Park.Council, who pleaded guilty on Feb. 14 to sex trafficking, was sentenced on Feb. 28 to the indeterminate term of two to six years in prison.
“This was a horrific case in which the victim, a young girl, managed to survive a nightmarish ordeal in which she was forced to work as a prostitute. Fortunately, as a result of the defendant’s guilty plea, the victim will not have to testify at trial and relive her ordeal,” Brown said.
According to the charges, on Feb. 6, 2012, the 15-year-old victim was with afriend in Brooklyn when they were taken to a house on 101st Avenue in Ozone Park. There, she met Council and several others. When the victim, whose identity is not being released, tried to leave the house with her friend, Council grabbed her by the arm and said, “You’re not going anywhere. You are going to stay here and make my money.”
Between Feb. 6 and Feb. 11, 2012, the victim was forced to have sexual intercourse and oral sex with numerous men inside of the location in exchange for money. All ofthe money was given to Council.When the victim tried to take a shower, Council grabbed her hair and told her to get back downstairs and make his money.
On another occasion, the victim attempted to leave the location but was grabbed and pulled back inside by Council, who told her that if she tried to leave again she would have big problems. On Feb. 12, 2012, Council told the victim to go across the street and get him something from the store but when the victim left she instead ran away and did not return.