NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A 32-year-old man convicted of sex trafficking two children out of a Queens hotel, where they were kept captive, was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.
Tyrone Miles and co-defendant Bryant Lowery pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking in October.
The men forced two girls, 16 and 17, to work as prostitutes at the JFK Inn Hotel in Jamaica near JFK International Airport from June 5 to 12, 2020.
The sex traffickers did not allow their victims to leave the hotel and threatened them with violence to force them to have sex with clients. They were instructed to tell clients they were adults.
Miles and Lowery took all of the money from the prostitution.
The 16-year-old victim escaped in June 2020 and called her family from a nearby commercial establishment, leading to her traffickers’ arrest.
“The defendant tormented and degraded his victims,” said Katz. “I commend these young ladies for their bravery during the course of this case.”
Lowery was sentenced to six years in prison in November. In addition to their sentences, both defendants must also serve five years post-release supervision and register as sex offenders.