Two men have been charged with kidnapping and raping a 28-year-old woman for two days in two different New York City apartments in November of last year.
The woman, a sex worker, was originally called by Benjamin Gaston, 36, who stole her cellphone, money, and identification when she arrived on Monday, Nov 12 around 4 a.m. He then allegedly hit her and held a pillow to her face, saying, “You’re not leaving the apartment — you’re working for me and making me money.” Jesus.
According to the New York Post, the next night (Tuesday, Nov 13) at around 3 a.m., Gaston took the woman to a second apartment, where six or seven additional men were waiting to have sex with her, including co-defendant Johnny Jackson, 53.
Adding another layer of awful to what is already the most awful, the woman allegedly repeatedly snuck 911 calls on a cellphone she found in the apartment, but couldn’t give an accurate address, and so police were unable to help.
Sometime during the evening of Wednesday, Nov 15, the woman attempted to use her jacket as a rope to escape from a sixth-floor window, but instead fell the entire way, breaking both legs and her back.
Just because a woman is a sex worker doesn’t mean she is an object that can be captured and forced to turn a profit for someone else. That is slavery, sex trafficking, and wrong.