A couple lured a teenage girl to a motel by promising her a job before forcing her to have sex with men, according to police in New Jersey.
Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that the Burlington County man pleaded guilty to forcing the 17-year-old girl to engage in prostitution at area motels for his profit.
He and his girlfriend, who already pleaded guilty, posted nude photos of the victim on Backpage, advertising her services as an “escort.”
Christopher K. White, 20, pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution of a minor and facilitation of human trafficking.
Under the terms of a plea agreement, White be sentenced to 13 years in prison.
He will have to serve five years before becoming eligible for parole.
He will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and will be subject to parole supervision for life.
He also will be required to pay fines of $40,000.
The money will go to the state’s Human Trafficking Survivors Assistance Fund.
White’s girlfriend, Adria Regn, 28, of Mount Holly, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to facilitate human trafficking.
She will be sentenced to five years in prison.
“White brutally exploited his young victim – threatening her with violence, ordering her to take drugs, and forcing her to engage in sexual activity with five or more men a day,” said Attorney General Grewal.
The investigation began after the victim reported that she was forced by White and his girlfriend, Regn, to work as a prostitute for a period of 10 days at various motels, where they lived, throughout Burlington County.
Regn has two young children, and the victim, who knew White, went to the first motel believing she would be babysitting the kids.
Instead, White and Regn gave her drugs, including crystal methamphetamine and marijuana, and told her that she needed to work as an “escort” for them so that they could make money.
They said that if she did not work for them, it would be her fault if Regn’s children ended up on the street.
The victim reported that White threatened to beat her if she did not take crystal meth and he also threatened to find her and beat her if she did not continue to work for them as a prostitute.
White and Regn placed a number of ads on Backpage with photos of the victim in various states of undress, including completely nude, advertising the girl’s services as an escort.
White and Regn, who would stay in the same room as the victim or an adjoining room, would arrange for clients to meet the victim for sex.
They collected all of the money paid by the clients. The victim did not receive money.
White and Regn made the victim have sex with at least five men each day.
The victim ultimately fled while White and Regn were asleep.