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Sex traffickers head to prison

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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 10:30 am

Two men each were sentenced to 3 to 9 years in prison for forcing a 14-year-old South Ozone Park girl to work as a prostitute for a week earlier this year and turn over 100 percent of her earnings to them.

Shaquan Gould, 21, of South Ozone Park, and Evan Harrington, 21, of the Bronx, were sentenced Tuesday, a few weeks after they plead guilty to charges of sex trafficking.

According to the charges, Gould and Harrington met the the unidentified 14-year-old girl on or around April 19. She was then taken to a residence at 135-38 123 St. in South Ozone Park. There, she was forced to engage in acts of prostitution and give up the money she earned to the two men. The victim asked to leave the home multiple times in the week after she met Gould and Harrington, but was told she could not leave and, in at least one instance, was hit in the face and body by Harrington.

The victim managed to escape from the house on April 26, when she called a relative who then called the police. Gould and Harrington were then arrested.

— Domenick Rafter

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