TRENTON—For nearly two decades, Allen Brown allegedly ran prostitution rings in Jersey City, coercing scores of women to prostitute for him. He is accused of bringing women from cities including Camden, Atlantic City, Elizabeth, Newark and Philadelphia, inducing them to use heroin and cocaine and having them beaten if they did not turn a daily quota of tricks.
On Friday, Brown a.k.a. “Prince,” 47, of Jersey City, was indicted by a state grand jury on first-degree charges of racketeering, human trafficking and money laundering, as well as numerous second- and third-degree charges, including conspiracy, promoting prostitution, criminal coercion, theft by extortion, failure to pay taxes, and drug and weapons offenses, Attorney General Anne Milgram announced.
The first-degree human trafficking charge alone carries a sentence of 20 years to life in state prison. The charges resulted from “Operation Red Light,” an investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau and the Jersey City Police Department.
“This is a shocking case of human trafficking,” said Milgram. “We charge that Allen Brown enslaved vulnerable young women in a living hell of addiction and prostitution, controlling them with narcotics, threats and beatings. We will prosecute him to the full extent of the law.”
Once the women went with Brown, he allegedly would take away their cell phones and any form of identification they possessed. A number of the locations where they were housed allegedly had reverse locks on them that could not be unlocked from the inside without a key. Only a select few had a key. The others would be locked in until it was time to work again. None of the women were allowed to go anywhere alone or without permission, officials said.
It is alleged that the women forced to prostitute for Brown were given heroin and cocaine so Brown could control them and exploit their addiction. They were driven to “tracks” – motels or streets in Jersey City and sometimes locations in other cities – where they were expected to make a certain amount of money each night turning tricks to cover their daily drug debt and provide a profit for Brown. If they did not make the daily quota, ranging from $500-$1,000, they were allegedly refused drugs, beaten or denied entry into the house until the money was made.
“Human trafficking takes a devastating toll on its victims,” said Division of Criminal Justice Director Deborah L. Gramiccioni. “We urge anyone with information about suspected human trafficking to call our hotline at 1-877-986-7534. We will continue to make investigating and prosecuting these crimes a priority.”
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