Two men who held a 16-year-old girl captive in a Jamaica hotel and forced her into prostitution for their own profit are now locked up in a state prison, prosecutors announced.
Kenyon Sultan, 21, of 147th Street in Jamaica was ordered on Tuesday, Dec. 6, to serve 1 to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to a count of third-degree promoting prostitution. His cohort and fellow Jamaica resident — Robert Homer, 24, of 139th Street — is currently serving up to 7 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty in October to sex trafficking and third-degree promoting prostitution.
“Sex trafficking is a scourge on our society. It is modern-day slavery and must end now. In this case, a 16-year-old girl was forced into prostitution by these two men. They used threats, intimidation and physical violence to make this youngster perform sex acts on strangers,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown in a statement.
According to the charges, the then-16-year-old victim was introduced to Homer on Sept. 4, 2014 by a 17-year-old girl whom, unbeknownst to the girl, he forced into prostitution.
Homer and Sultan then took the girl to a hotel on North Conduit Avenue and told her that she had to work for them as a prostitute and give the money she earned to Homer. Sultan waited in the bathroom while the victim engaged in various sex acts with male clients.
Between Sept. 4 and Sept. 11, 2014, prosecutors said, the defendants would take the victim to several hotels throughout Queens and Nassau County and make her perform sex acts with men in exchange for money. Homer told the victim to make at least $500 daily — all of which was given to Homer — and that she was to call him “Daddy.” When the victim asked if she could leave, the defendants told her she couldn’t, then brought her back to the North Conduit hotel where she was held captive. Reportedly, they took turns sleeping so that she couldn’t escape.
On Sept. 11, 2014, an undercover NYPD detective responded to a prostitution ad on backpage.com that directed them to the North Conduit hotel, where they met the 16-year-old victim and the 17-year-old girl, each of whom agreed to have sex with him for $100 each. Both girls were arrested, in addition to Homer and Sultan, who were found hiding in the bathroom.
A check of the hotel records revealed that the room had been rented to a Mustafa Stewart, and that Homer was in possession of photo identification bearing that name.