A New Jersey man used death threats and beatings to force five young women and teenage girls to work as prostitutes in New York City, prosecutors said Wednesday.
“As alleged in the indictment, Mr. Martin has spent the last two years using social media, death threats, beatings, and guns, to recruit, transport, and coercively prostitute five young women who lived in constant and very real fear for their lives,” said District Attorney Vance.
A new project funded by more than $2 million in forfeited bank assets seeks to help young New Yorkers escape the sex trafficking trade, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said Monday.
“My Office’s commitment to fight sex trafficking doesn’t begin and end in the courtroom. Helping survivors obtain housing, health care, and education is key to putting traffickers out of business. Today, using dollars forfeited in our aggressive investigations against major banks, The Foundling’s Phoenix Project opens its doors to young survivors of sex trafficking, offering critical support and mentorship across New York City,” said District Attorney Vance.