A New York City man has been arrested and charged with sex trafficking for allegedly forcing a Pennsylvania teenager, who vanished last year, into prostitution.
Ishi Woney, 23, was charged with sex trafficking Thursday for allegedly sexually exploiting women, one of whom was Corinna Slusser, who vanished in September of 2017 at the age of 19.
“Woney engaged in a vile form of exploitation, using force and other coercion to compel young women to engage in paid sex for his enrichment,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a press release.
Prosecutors allege Woney compelled at least two victims, including Slusser, to engage in prostitution through force and coercion. He’s accused of also purchased online ads promoting said prostitution. Some of those ads featured Slusser, authorities say.
Slusser was last spotted leaving Haven Motel in Queens, New York, according to a New York Post report from 2017.
The teen had filed a complaint against a 32-year-old man about a month before she vanished. She claimed that man grabbed her neck and pushed her against the wall when told him she wanted $300 that was allegedly stolen from her. That man could be her pimp, police said in that report.
Slusser’s family reported her missing on Sept. 12 after she didn’t show up for her grandfather’s funeral, the New York Daily News reported last year.
Anyone with information about Slusser’s whereabouts is urged to call 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit tips online at tips.fbi.gov.
[Photo: New York Police Department]
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