On Friday, a man pleaded guilty to his role in the sex trafficking of a 17-year-old girl who was held hostage and forced to work as a sex worker in a South Jersey motel. Christopher K. White, 20, pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution of a minor and facilitation of human trafficking, according to New Jersey.com. Adria Regn, White’s 28-year-old girlfriend, previously pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to facilitate human trafficking.
The couple had lured the teen with the promise of a babysitting job, the Courier Post reported. Instead, they fed her drugs and posted nude photos of her on the internet, advertising her as a sex worker, the state Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal wrote in a statement that White “brutally exploited his young victim — threatening her with violence, ordering her to take drugs, and forcing her to engage in sexual activity with five or more men a day.” According to that statement, the teen was given crystal meth. She was also told that “it would be her fault if Regn’s children ended up on the street.” The couple kept all the money that the teen made.
The situation went on for nearly a week until the teen fled while White and Regn were asleep. The couple was arrested last spring. White now faces a possible 13 years behind bars and a permanent registration with the sex offender registry. Both White and Regn will be sentenced on different days in April.
"This is a classic case of human trafficking where these defendants allegedly trapped an underage girl in dehumanizing circumstances in which they gave her drugs and forced her to have sex with multiple men per day," Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino said in an earlier statement. "It's terrible for anyone to be exploited in this manner, but it's especially heartbreaking when the victim is so young and vulnerable."
[Photo: Burlington County Jail]