Suspected MS-13 Gang Member Arrested for Sex Trafficking of Underage Migrant Girl

Suspected MS-13 Gang Member Arrested for Sex Trafficking of Underage Migrant Girl

A suspected member of the notorious MS-13 street gang, Alfredo Morocho, 37, has been apprehended and is now facing charges of sex trafficking involving a 17-year-old migrant girl. Morocho, who had been evading authorities for allegedly fondling a 9-year-old girl in a separate incident, is currently being held without bail on Rikers Island, as confirmed by officials and court records.

In the new case, Morocho is charged with two counts of sex trafficking of a child, five counts of promoting prostitution, and two counts of patronizing a person in prostitution. Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz expressed her strong stance against such exploitation, stating, “No child should ever be exploited. The underage victim in this case was preyed upon for financial gain.”

According to prosecutors, Morocho approached the teenage migrant at a deli in Jamaica last November, offering her a job despite her disclosure of being underage. Over the course of four months, he allegedly coerced the girl into prostitution, transporting her to and from a Corona apartment for encounters with clients. At the end of each day, Morocho would give her half of the money she collected. Prosecutors also claim that he convinced the victim to provide him with semi-nude photos, which he would share with potential customers.

On March 6, Morocho drove the victim to the Renaissance New York Flushing Hotel at Tangram, where he negotiated a price for her services with an undercover police officer posing as a client. Subsequently, he was arrested and charged with multiple felonies.

Authorities suspect Morocho’s affiliation with MS-13 due to several distinctive tattoos. This arrest follows a previous incident nearly six years ago when he was charged with fondling a younger girl outside a Queens mobile phone shop. In that case, Morocho allegedly lifted the girl’s skirt and touched her buttock, confessing later that he intended to record her. He faced charges of unlawful surveillance, sexual abuse, harassment, and endangering the welfare of a child. Morocho posted bail, but he failed to appear in court in May 2019, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. It was only after his recent prostitution-related arrest that prosecutors were able to add a bail-jumping charge.

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1 Response

  1. This is a very concerning and important topic that you have brought up in your post. I would be interested to know more about the specific details surrounding this case and how it relates to the broader issue of human trafficking. Are there any insights or statistics you can provide to help shed light on the prevalence of sex trafficking involving migrant girls? Additionally, it would be helpful to understand what actions are being taken to combat this problem and support the victims. Thank you for addressing such a crucial issue.

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