From the Queens Tribune:
Child sex trafficking is rampant in Queens – in South Jamaica, the Rockaways, on Sutphin Boulevard, and in Queens Plaza, according to Girls Educational and Mentoring Service, which aims to fight the problem with support and education.
GEMS may be headquartered in Harlem, but the group sends street outreach teams to those areas and other undisclosed locations in Queens to reach borough girls who are easy prey for pimps. Out of the group’s 94 “mandates” – girls ordered to attend counseling after being arrested for prostitution – 79 of them were from Queens. Street outreach teams identify victims who are as young as 11, and offer them support.
In Queens, pimps hang around movie theaters and other hangouts, but also outside group homes and homeless shelters to target girls who may come from unstable homes. They have girls call them “daddy,” in an effort to play on the girls’ dependency on the pimp.
From the Trib's editorial:
The predators who lure girls as young as 12 or 13 into this life destroy the precious gifts of hope, dreams and self-worth that vibrant children carry. Instead, they replace it with horrific ordeals, illegal drugs and booze. They don’t just take a girl’s purity – they crush her spirit and stifle her growth into a woman of substance.
Just this week DA Brown sent a pimp to jail for seven years for ringing the life of a 14-year-old girl. Keep at it, there’s plenty of girls out there who need you.
Yes, DA Brown, please start with the back pages of the Trib.