Human Traffic Watch

Teen sex slave spellbinds courtroom with tragic tale of pimp horror and desperate calls to a mother she cannot go home to

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on March 16, 2013 at 9:15 am

A 19-year-old woman described in startling detail how a man she thought was her friend put a gun to her head and told her that she was his property.

“He was in my face threatening me,” she testified in a Brooklyn courtroom last week. “He said that I’m going to make money for him — that I’m going to call him ‘daddy.’ ”

The teen also told a rapt jury she was sold for sex at age 17, servicing men in dark cars and in shabby rooms. During the two weeks of hell, her accused pimp, Robert Pannell (pictured), plied her with drugs and took every nickel she earned.

“I was scared of him,” she said. “I knew I couldn’t go anywhere, do anything.”

Her disturbing testimony offers a rare glimpse into the shadowy world of forced prostitution — where the lives of pimps and gang members, and troubled teens and runaways, intersect.

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