Two men plead guilty to sex trafficking underage girls at Long Island City hotel: DA

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A Jamaica man and his co-defendant from Pennsylvania admitted they forced three underage girls into the sex industry in February 2021, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

Alan Velvett, 29, of Roscoe Street is Jamaica, and Lawrence Winslow, 28, of Coldale, Pa., each pleaded guilty to three counts of sex trafficking and one count of rape in the first degree on Tuesday, Nov. 22,  before Queens Supreme Court Justice Peter Vallone.

According to the charges, in February 2021, the defendants met two teenage victims, aged 13 and 14, at La Quinta Inn at 37-18 Queens Blvd. in Long Island City. The defendants took nude photos of the teens and posted the images online, stating that the girls were “for sale.” One of the teenagers had sex with a stranger and the defendants kept every dollar from the exchange.

That same week, Velvett and Winslow met a 15-year-old girl at the La Quinta Inn where she was told she would engage in sex for cash. Winslow took semi-nude photos of her and posted them as online advertisements. The victim was then forced to have sex with Winslow, followed by a string of strangers. Every dollar from those proceeds were pocketed by Velvett and Winslow, according to the charges.

Afterward, the victim was relocated to the JFK Inn at 154-10 South Conduit Ave. in Jamaica, where she was forced to have intercourse with Velvett, followed by a number of strangers. All of the proceeds from the exchange were once again kept by the defendants.

The teenager was rescued when an undercover police officer responded to the online advertisement and met with the girl at one of the hotel rooms. Velvett was arrested after arriving at the room. Winslow was arrested after he was found in a second hotel room across the hall.

“I created the Human Trafficking Bureau to remove the most unscrupulous and callous predators from our communities and we will continue to be relentless in this mission,” Katz said. “In pleading guilty, these defendants admitted responsibility and now face serious prison time.”

Justice Vallone indicated that he will sentence both defendants on Jan. 12 to 10 years in prison, to be followed by ten years post-release supervision. Both Velvett and Winslow will be required to register as sex offenders upon their release.