Ernestine Bowman, 32, of Orange, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of second-degree facilitating human trafficking, according to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. Bowman was indicted in April along with four other defendants, including her husband and her son, as a result of an investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice and the South Hackensack Police Department.
The suspects allegedly conspired to traffic the year-old girl from Brooklyn, N. According to prosecutors, the investigation began as an undercover operation by the South Hackensack Police Department targeting a prostitution ring that advertised on Back. As part of the investigation, an undercover officer responded to an advertisement that included a photo of a very young-looking female with her breasts exposed. The officer phoned the in the ad on Oct. According to prosecutors, the undercover officer arrived at the motel and was directed to a room, where a teenage girl answered the door.
Prosecutors said that when the officer asked why the bathroom door was closed, he learned that there was a woman in the bathroom, who turned out to be Tokina Williams. The teenage girl then invited Williams to come out and told her that the client had paid to have sex with both of them. At that time, backup officers entered and arrested Williams and the teenage girl, prosecutors said.
The teenage girl was determined to be a year-old who was reported missing out of New York, prosecutors said. Prosecutors allege that in addition to Bowman, her husband, Glen Bowman Sr. Copeland, who went by the nickname 'China White,' allegedly acted as boss or 'bottom' over the prostitutes in the ring.
It is alleged that both Glen Bowman Sr. The defendants allegedly drove the victim and others who worked as prostitutes to hotels and motels in South Hackensack, Clifton and other locations in northern New Jersey, where they serviced clients. At the end of the day, the defendants allegedly picked them up and collected the money they had been paid.
As part of the scheme, the year-old victim generally was required to work from Monday through Friday as a prostitute and spent weekends at an apartment in the Bronx, N. Williams allegedly was a prostitute who also was involved in supervising the underage girl and collecting her proceeds at the end of the day, prosecutors said. Glen Bowman Sr. According to prosecutors, after Bowman Sr. Bowman also allegedly went to the hotels to collect the money earned by the victim and other prostitutes.
Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Bowman be sentenced to 10 years in state prison, including 39 months of parole ineligibility. First-degree charges of conspiracy, human trafficking and promoting prostitution of a minor are pending against Glen Bowman Sr. Glen Bowman Jr. Authorities urged anyone who suspects that individuals are engaged in sex- or labor-related human trafficking to confidentially report such activity by calling the Division of Criminal Justice's hour NJ Human Trafficking Hotline To request removal of your name from an arrest report, submit these required items to arrestreports patch.
Her photo was allegedly found on Back.
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Let's go! According to prosecutors: "[Bowman] met Glen Bowman Jr. Bowman is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. Williams ly pleaded guilty to second-degree promoting prostitution. Photo: Flickr Commons, Buzzfarmers. Thank Reply Share.
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