By Sara Bosworth
Queens Daily Eagle
A man from Queens was indicted today on sex trafficking charges after allegedly forcing a teenage girl into prostitution.
Tyquan Henderson, a 21-year-old from Jamaica, Queens, faces several charges including sex trafficking, promoting prostitution, and rape after he allegedly forced a 15-year-old girl to perform sex work and to have sex with him under threat of violence.
“The defendant in this case is accused of profiting from prostitution by forcing a young teenage girl into having sex dates with men for cash,” said Queens County District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “Prostitution is not a victimless crime and that sex trafficking is an incessant act of brutality and degradation that scars its victims for life. The defendant now faces a lengthy term of incarceration for his alleged actions.”
Prosecutors say Henderson met the victim in May when she was 15. The next time they met, Henderson allegedly started forcing the now 16-year-old to have sex with him and with other men who paid him. He allegedly forced her to call him “Daddy” and threatened to hurt her if she did not make $500 per night.
On June 24, the victim went to a friend’s house and the friend’s mother called the police, which led to Henderson’s eventual arrest.
If convicted, Henderson faces up to 25 years in prison.