NYC Man Arrested for Forcing Teens Into Prostitution at Bronx Hotel

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NEW YORK, NY – A Bronx man has been indicted for trafficking teens and raping one young girl. Shamel “Shy” Jones, 25 has also been charged with promoting prostitution and kidnapping.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that a Bronx man was indicted on kidnapping and sex trafficking charges for selling teen girls for sex, and on rape charges for the attack of a 14-year-old girl.

District Attorney Clark said, “The defendant allegedly raped a 14-year-old and trafficked at least two other teenagers in a Bronx hotel. Thanks to the work of 43rd Precinct officers and the NYPD Human Trafficking Squad, multiple young girls were saved from the vicious cycle of trafficking.”

On April 28, New York City Police Department officers were searching for a missing 14- year-old at Hotel 95 at 1275 Pugsley Avenue in the Bronx.

“Hotel staff informed investigators the missing teen was last seen in a hotel room with Jones. When they arrived at the room, officers allegedly found the defendant with a 17-year-old, and a 14-year-old, who was not the missing teen they were initially searching for,” police reported. “They also recovered several phones containing naked images of the teens. The images were posted online, allegedly in an attempt by the defendant to traffic the two minors.”