A 15-year-old girl prostituted herself and her seven year old step-sister in New Jersey. The fifteen year old claimed to have exchanged sex with multiple men and boys, numbering at least seven, at a March 31, 2010 party and later offered her seven year old step-sister to the same men. Police are still investigating the incident at the Rowan Towers apartment building where the assault took place. Police are familiar with the Rowan Towers as they handle security within the crime filled building nightly from 5:00 p.m to 3:00 a.m.
The incident began when the fifteen year old was invited by two young men to the party at the apartment. The fifteen year old decided to bring the 7 year old along rather than leave her alone. The childrens' parents filed a missing persons report late Sunday, March 29, 2010. When the police arrived at the residence, the seven year old had already returned home and described the horrifying events of the party to her parents and later to authorities. The parents then took the child to the hospital for evaluation.
Trenton Police Captain Joseph Juniak reported Wednesday that the teenager exchanged sex for money at a high rise apartment then gave some of the money to her much younger step-sister after allowing some of the men fondle the young girl. "It went from touching to straight out assault and rape," Juniak insisted. He furthered "they threatened to kill her if she screamed or told anyone."
Two women found the little girl in tears outside of the apartment and took her home. The teenager has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, promoting prostitution, as well as a host of other crimes. The fifteen year old is in a juvenile detention facility in Mercer County. Prosecutors will pursue trying the fifteen year old as an adult, per spokeswoman for the county persecutor's office, Casey DeBlaso.
Others may be indicted through the use of surveillance video and collection of witness testimony.