Hudson Valley Woman Forced 2 Girls Into Prostitution
A Hudson Valley woman admitted she forced two teens into prostitution by beating and threatening them.
On Friday in Orange County Court, 25-year-old Franiqua Patterson of Newburgh pleaded guilty to two counts of sex trafficking and attempted assault.
Patterson confessed for about 14 weeks she forced a 15-year-old girl to act as a prostitute beating and threatening her. Patterson also admitted she forced a 19-year-old girl into prostitution for about seven weeks by threatening her and beating her.
Patterson took most of the money the teens received for their sexual acts, officials say.
“Predators who target vulnerable teenagers in order to entrap them in prostitution activity deserve the harshest prison sentences possible,” Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said in a press release. “Victims of sex trafficking, including the victims of this defendant, deserve the full support of the community as they work to recover from the effects of these crimes."
Patterson also admitted that on Jan. 4, she tried to assault another woman with a knife inside an apartment on 1st Street in Newburgh. Prosecutors had argued that the victim suffered lacerations to her arms.
As part of her plea deal, Patterson will be sentenced to 12 years in prison when sentenced in December.
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