Woman Accused of Forcing Girl, 14, Into Sex Work After She Was Abducted
Denise Coronado, 19, is accused of making the teen have sex with 26 men over one week before the girl managed to escape, authorities said.
A Texas woman was arrested for allegedly forcing a 14-year-old girl into prostitution, making her have sex with more than 20 men in one week before the alleged victim escaped, officials said.
The girl told police she had been abducted, thrown into a van and brought to a house in a wooded area where she was raped by an unidentified man while Denise Coronado, 19, watched, the Houston Chronicle reported.
A few days later, the girl was taken to a motel, where Coronado and the man made her pose in lingerie for pictures that were posted on Backpage.com, according to KTXH-TV.
Coronado allegedly threatened the teen, burned her with a cigarette and made her have sex with 26 men earler this month, police said.
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After managing to get ahold of a cellphone, the victim contacted her family through Facebook saying she needed help, but didn't know where she was.
Two passers-by helped the girl escape days later, and brought her to another motel.
Police had been tracking the phone since she reached out to her relatives, and came to her rescue, the Chronicle wrote.
Coronado was charged with compelling prostitution of a minor. If she is convicted, she could face up to 20 years in state prison.
“We're not going to tolerate human traffickers, pimps or pimpettes enslaving our kids, enslaving our people in our country," said Ruben Perez, chief of the district attorney's special crimes division. “We have a cadre of lawyers willing to prosecute these people and we're ready."
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A Harris County judge on Monday tripled the bail to $100,000 for Coronado, who goes by “Bones Marie” and posts photos of cash on social media, bragging that she didn’t need to work.
“B****, f*** a job I still get gs,” she posted last year on Facebook, sharing photo of $100, $20 and $50 bills.
On January 26 she shared another photo of money, which someone commented: “No money is EVER worth the price of a precious, irreplaceable human being.”
Coronado’s court-appointed lawyer Joe David Wells noted inconsistencies in the allegations on Monday, saying: “If this young girl is actually being held against her will, why was she allowed access to a telephone and able to get on Facebook? If she was kidnapped, why did she go to another hotel instead of going home?"
He said the unidentified man accused of abducting and raping the 14-year-old girl may have also coerced Coronado.
“I have a feeling that, in the end, there might be two victims here and not just one," Well said. "Remember, my client is a teenager, also.”
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