2004-06-04 / Community

Pimp Pleads Guilty To Recruiting Local

Pimp Pleads Guilty To Recruiting Local

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced today that a Queens pimp has pled guilty to attempted promoting prostitution involving a 15-year-old girl whom he recruited as a prostitute in the Queens Plaza South, Jamaica and Rockaway neighborhoods.

DA Brown said, "The defendant has admitted to recruiting a 15-year-old girl into a life of prostitution and turning her into a sexual vending machine.  His imprisonment is just punishment for a terrible crime: degrading a vulnerable young woman, eroding her humanity and destroying her hope."

He identified the defendant as Clifford Augustin, 19, of 138-05 Caney Lane in Rosedale, who pled guilty on Wednesday to Attempted Promoting Prostitution in the Second Degree before Queens Supreme Court Justice James P. Griffin who indicated that he would sentence the defendant to a term of one to three years in prison on June 17.

The young Rockaway girl remains unidentified because of her age.

Brown said that the defendant admitted in court earlier today that on September 18, 2003 he attempted to advance and profited from the prostitution of a female he knew to be less than 16 years of age.

The District Attorney said that the investigation revealed that the defendant approached the victim, a 15-year-old girl, and her sister in a clothing store at a shopping mall located in Long Island and promised them that they could make a great deal of money, without being specific about how that money could be made. 

The defendant subsequently contacted the victim, explained the business of prostitution to her and instructed her on how to pick-up male customers and told her to lie about her age. He also instructed her that, should she be picked up by police, that she deny knowing him. 

The victim worked as a prostitute for the defendant between September 12 and October 8, 2003 and was directed by the defendant to charge $50 to perform oral sex, $80 to engage in sexual intercourse and $100 an hour to have sex in a hotel. The victim performed at least two to three tricks each night during that 24-day period, received a total of $4,800 from the johns and gave the money to the defendant. 

According to the District Attorney, the defendant was initially arrested in Queens Plaza on February 5, after a street altercation and has subsequently pled guilty to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree. 

Detectives recovered from the defendant’s possession, motel receipts, a motel key, condoms and over $600 in cash.

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