A New Jersey woman who duped a 17-year-old girl into working for her as a prostitute pleaded guilty Tuesday.
Twenty-eight-year-old Adria Regn of Mount Holly pleaded guilty to a second-degree charge of conspiracy to facilitate human trafficking at Burlington County Superior Court, according to NJ.com. She lured to the teen to a motel for a babysitting job before drugging her and coercing her into working for them as a prostitute over the course of 10 days.
Regn and 19-year-old Christopher White were arrested last May for the crime, which occurred in October of 2016, according to ABC 6 in Philadelphia. White knew the victim and told her to come to the Burlington County motel where Regn was staying with her two young children to babysit them. However, once she arrived they fed her methamphetamine and marijuana. They then told her she must work for the couple as a prostitute. They said if she didn’t, Regn’s children would become homeless and that if she tried to leave, they would beat her.
Regn and White took pictures of the girl in various states of undress and advertised her sex services online. They then arranged for her to have sex with up to five men a day for the next week and a half, moving her from one motel to another, and pocketing all the money. The victim was finally able to escape after 10 days as Regn and White slept.
Regn and White were initially offered a 20-year plea deal earlier this month for additional charges, including human trafficking of a minor and organized street crime and promotion of prostitution. However, as part of her new deal, the state is only recommending she serve five years.
Peter Aseltine, a spokesman with the Attorney General's Office, would not comment as to why the previous charges were dropped. Additional charges against Christopher White are still pending, and he is expected in court next week.
[Photo: Burlington County Sheriff’s Office]