In disturbing news, two men and two women are being accused of playing roles in the prostitution of two 13-year-old girls, the New York Daily News reports.
According to Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, Marcus “Melo” Stumper, 25, met up with the girls who were returning from a party back in August. He then took them to his Bed Stuy apartment where he allegedly had sex with them.
Thompson alleges that the following day, Stumper talked the teens into working as prostitutes. A woman by the name of Jasmine Goldstein allegedly assisted in Stumper’s operation by taking scantily clad photos of the girls and attempting to post them on Craigslist, but failing to do so. Things took an interesting and unexpected turn when a concerned uncle of one of the girls began texting her cell phone to find out where she was.
“Want a date?” one of the suspects allegedly texted back, unaware of whom he was speaking to.
Thinking quickly, the girl’s uncle agreed. Shortly after, he showed up to the apartment, paid the suspects and took his niece home. Goldstein then allegedly moved the other girl to another apartment within the same Classon Avenue brownstone, which is controlled by Joann Bailey, 55, and Jerry Brown, 57. She was hidden in the bathroom. Relatives of the second victim showed up the following day and removed her from the home. Investigators do not believe that the girls were held by force.
“These defendants are accused of disgraceful actions involving young girls who should be protected, not exploited,” said Thompson. “Luckily, the young girls who were abducted are now safe and their abusers will now face justice.”
Three suspects were arrested on Friday. Just prior to that, a 32-count indictment was handed down concerning this case. Stumper, who has racked up the heavier offenses, is being held without bail and faces up to 25 years behind bars. Bailey and Brown are being held in lieu of $50,000 and $25,000, respectively. Goldstein is still being sought out by authorities.