The district attorney identified the defendants as Ismael Lachapelle, 22, of 90-42 179th Street, and Jasmine Goodwin, 26.
According to Brown’s office, the 14-year old female victim ran away from home on May 23. The following day Goodwin, who was allegedly a friend, called her to ask if she wanted to make money. It is alleged that the victim was then told to take a cab to the Kew Motor Inn, located at 139-01 off the Grand Central Parkway. Goodwin then introduced the teen to her pimp, Lachapelle.
Goodwin then allegedly convinced the victim to work as a prostitute for Lachapelle after assuring her it would be safe. Following this, Lachapelle gave the victim a cell phone and told her not to leave the motel. He briefed her on pricing and told her she would be working prostitution dates for him.
According to the victim, she received roughly six prostitution dates between May 24 and 26. After each date was finished, Lachapelle went to her hotel room to collect the money she received.
Brown’s office said that on at least one occasion he had sexual intercourse with the teenager. Furthermore, it is alleged that Lachapelle took erotic photos of the young girl and then posted them on an escort website
On May 27, a police officer viewed the escort site and saw the victim’s advertisement and called the number. After meeting the victim at the Kew Motor Inn the same afternoon, prior to agreeing to pay her $100 for sexual intercourse, the teenager was placed under arrest.
The victim admitted she wanted to stop prostituting, but she was scared. The undercover officer also arrested Lachapelle on the same day.
“The female defendant is alleged to have lured her young teenage friend into prostituting herself with the promise of making money,” said Brown in a statement. “Unfortunately for the victim, she discovered all too late that few activities are as brutal and dehumanizing as prostitution. Instead of making money, the victim was allegedly forced to turn over all the money she earned to the male defendant.”
If convicted, Lachapelle, who was ordered held on $75,000 bail, faces up to 25 in prison for the charges of kidnapping, sex trafficking, promoting prostitution, rape, and endangering the welfare of a child.
Goodwin, who also goes by the name Holly and J. Hollytsunami Goodwin, was arraigned on charges of sex trafficking, promoting prostitution, kidnapping and endangering the welfare of a child. Goodwin is being held on $25,000 bail, and faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.