D.A. Vance: “Later that night, I was thinking, Thank god we got the sentencing done when we did. Things were happening very quickly, and there was not a lot of understanding about what we were dealing with or certainty of any kind about how to deal with it. I do remember that that evening and over the next few days I was just remarking to myself and others how fortunate it was that the judge was able to complete the sentencing process that week. Those survivors had waited long enough.”
“This investigation into the alleged recruitment and forced prostitution of a 17-year-old girl demonstrates our Office’s unwavering commitment to combatting sex trafficking, even during a public health emergency,” said District Attorney Vance.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. has announced that Puerto Rico will test approximately 1,500 sexual assault evidence kits, also known as “rape kits,” as part of a $35 million initiative by his office to test backlogged kits around the country.
“Untested rape kits cannot and will not sit on shelves collecting dust during the coronavirus pandemic,” said District Attorney Vance. “We owe survivors of sexual assault so much more than to be forgotten for any reason. This investment makes it possible for Puerto Rico to start testing nearly 1,500 backlogged kits today, and begin the crucial path toward securing justice for survivors.
“Thanks to the prosecutors in my office’s Child Abuse Unit, this defendant has finally been brought to justice and he will face significant jail time for his abusive conduct. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a crime, I urge you to report it to our Child Abuse Unit by calling (212) 335-4308.”