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Four Men Charged With Sex Trafficking and Rape of 13-Year-Old Girl

Defendants could have victimized other young women, DA says.

A young woman allegedly forced into prostitution starting at age 13 was at the center of a case announced Wednesday against four men accused of sex trafficking and rape, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. 

Three of the men already were in custody. A fourth suspect, Damien Crooks, 31, who allegedly first met the victim in a Brooklyn park in 2003, was arrested this morning, Hynes said.

The victim came forward after allegedly enduring years of forced prostitution and sexual abuse when one of the suspects threatened an unspecified member of her family.

"That's when she realized she had no choice but to say something," said Lauren Hersh, chief of the Brooklyn DA's Sex Trafficking Unit, who added that the victim's family was in protective custody.

According to CBS 2, the victim is now a student at John Jay College in Manhattan, where she reported the incidents to a professor. 

Crooks and co-defendant Jamali Brockett, 27, were charged with rape stemming from the initial meeting with the victim in 2003 and numerous times afterward, according to the Brooklyn DA.

Crooks has also been charged with two counts of sex trafficking. Brockett also faces a charge of compelling prostitution. 

Two other defendants, Jawara Brockett, 33, and Darrell Dula, 24, are charged with rape. 

Hynes said there was a possibility that there could be other victims related to the case who still have not come forward.

"We have reason to believe that the defendants have victimized other young women in Brooklyn," Hynes said. "And we appeal to them, or anyone who knows them, to call us."

If convicted, the defendants could see up to 25 years in prison on each rape charge. Prosecutors said they would pursue consecutive sentencing in the case.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Brooklyn Sex Trafficking Unit Hotline at 718-250-2770.

voxverity July 01, 2011 at 09:54 PM
REALITY CHECK ! ! ! magazines DO feature MOSTLY white people. when you turn on the tv, the MAJORITY of the shows ARE MOSTLY ABOUT white people, with an ALL WHITE CAST ! ! ! the MAJORITY of college kids ARE WHITE. you DON'T NEED a white history month because everything IS about white people-- the history books are MOSTLY about white history, written BY white people. IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU ! ! ! Blacks don't get special attention because of their skin color. there are special programs for them BECAUSE of the way they've been discriminated against in this country SINCE DAY 1. the REASON the crime rate is so high in Black communities is because they make up the MAJORITY of the INNER CITIES where crime is more likely to happen ! ! ! ask yourself why they make up the majority of inner cities where the living conditions are the worst ! ! ! of course I don't condone what the men in the article did. but people like YOU need to realize that it's not about skin color ! ! !
voxverity July 01, 2011 at 09:56 PM
Candy, you will find just as many articles like this about WHITE people. There certainly have been enough in the news lately.
voxverity July 01, 2011 at 10:01 PM
you're exactly right about that!!! cops pulled Jeffrey Dahmer over for some traffic thing. when they asked him what was in the plastic garbage bags on the back seat, he told them it was trash and he was going to the dump. THEY LET HIM GO ! ! ! a young Laotian victim escaped after being drugged. he ran NAKED into the street. Jeffrey told the police they were lovers and had had a quarrel. THEY LET HIM GO ! ! ! he took the boy back inside AND KILLED HIM ! ! ! The law is different when it's someone who's white.
voxverity July 01, 2011 at 10:11 PM
REALITY CHECK ! ! ! The news PURPOSELY shows crime committed by Blacks to portray them as bad people ! ! ! Blacks are constanly vilified in the media. It's called "yellow journalism." (google it) There are 2 reasons the majority of prisoners are Black: 1) The majority of people living in INNER CITIES are Black. Crime happens MORE OFTEN in LARGE CITIES. 2) Blacks are more likely to be pulled over by the police; they don't have the money for adequate legal representation LIKE WHITE PEOPLE DO; they receive HARSHER sentences than white people do. You, Jane, are a prime example of the way most white people are brainwashed by the media. A prime example of people who are OBLIVIOUS to THE TRUTH.
voxverity July 01, 2011 at 10:13 PM
THANK YOU BILL ! ! ! You just pointed out THE TRUTH of the matter. I just wish more people would get a clue ! ! !
Vanessa Mason July 01, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Fact- most white, black, red, brown people don't commit crimes never mind these types of crimes so bringing race up in response is silly. Ignorance is bliss though isn't it?!?
voxverity July 01, 2011 at 10:32 PM
You're right, Jane. You don't know what is happening, so allow me to elucidate. The media CHOOSES to focus on the worst segments of African American society, casting ALL Blacks as bad. That's what CAUSES people to see African Americans as criminals. If they only showed crimes committed by white people living in trailer parks it would be the other way around. Black people have become the scape goat of society.
voxverity July 01, 2011 at 10:44 PM
What you don't realize is that the MAJORITY of Black people live in the INNER CITIES where there is MORE CRIME. That's why the figures are so high. Now ask yourself why the majority of people who live in the inner cities are Black. IMAGINE THAT ! ! ! Now ask yourself why the majority of the people living in the suburbs are white. IMAGINE THAT ! ! ! Now ask yourself why THE REASON the economy is in the toilet is because of what THE WHITE BUSINESSMEN did on Wall Street. IMAGINE THAT ! ! ! Now ask yourself how THE BIG BANKS, run by WHITE BUSINESSMEN, contributed to the problem. IMAGINE THAT ! ! ! NOW ASK YOURSELF WHO THE BIGGEST CRIMINALS ARE ! ! ! IMAGINE THAT ! ! !
voxverity July 01, 2011 at 10:45 PM
Thank you, Jaloney, for reminding people of THE TRUTH ! ! !
voxverity July 01, 2011 at 10:52 PM
Thank you for reminding people of THE TRUTH ! ! ! I'm SO glad you said it. Some people's reality is SO twisted. They can't see the PLANK in their OWN EYE because they're TOO BUSY scrutinizing the SPLINTER in someone else's ! ! ! Some people JUST DON'T GET IT ! ! !
Jane Binkley July 02, 2011 at 05:07 AM
I can tell you why the white people are living in the suburbs and the blacks are living in the inner cities but you're not going to like what you read It's because the black people have an entirely different lifestyle than the whites. The two just don't mix well living around one another. So the blacks moved in and the whites moved out. It's been that way ever since the Kennedy administration passed the equal housing bill. When I was a teenager in Dayton Ohio I lived in what was known as Upper Dayton View which were nice neighborhoods and nice homes. Then the blacks started moving in and there were more home invasions, shootings, dope killings (a young black man was shot and died on the sidewalk right in front of my house), bombs thrown through windows of houses they were living in and these once beautiful homes were burned and dozers leveled the ground. The drugstore down the street from me was robbed so many times and the big plate glass window broken and boarded up that they just gave up and closed it down. The white people had enough and moved out. That whole place went downhill. No decent family can live where they're afraid to go to sleep at night.
Jane Binkley July 02, 2011 at 05:21 AM
My brother who didn't have an aggressive bone in his body was ganged up on by three black males the third day of high school and he refused to go back to a once upper class school. He went to a trade school instead. We couldn't sit on our big front porch anymore when it started getting dark for fear we white girls would be raped. So don't expect me to feel sorry for the "poor" underpriviledged blacks when they made their own Hell. We're the underpriviledged ones because we had to give up our homes for a peaceful life. They need to drop their bullying attitudes and clean up their act, live like human beings instead of animals and stop thinking they have to rule "their turf" and maybe they won't be steriotyped.
Jane Binkley July 02, 2011 at 05:33 AM
I've stated my first hand experiences so if you want to call me a bigot or racist so be it. One thing I'm not though is a coward because I'm not afraid to stand up for my rights and the rights of other people who feel the same as I do but are too scared to tell it for fear of being attacked.
Jane Binkley July 02, 2011 at 05:38 AM
I read your comment and I agree with it. I'm pissing off a lot of people because I'm telling it like it is and will probably get thrown off here but I can't help it. Truth is truth. Your comment ame over on my email just like a lot of them did.
Corey July 02, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Jane, I hope you're not my neighbor. By your account, you have no reason living in or around Fort Greene/Clinton Hill.
gina July 02, 2011 at 05:22 PM
any female thats going thur all of this abuse by 4 men would have not been still on the streets freely. a pimp dont care about you going to school at age 13 to graduating from college. they care about one thing only and thats you bringing in there money.the female would not have time to go to school or see her family. come on people really, really think about it. some thing is not right about this whole story.
gina July 02, 2011 at 05:35 PM
you have a valid point gina the news said she came forward because the 4 men that did this 2 her said they will hurt her family but 1 in general. i think it would only take 1 threat to any 1s family not 1 person from your family before you go to the police. i think you have a really good point gina.
voxverity July 02, 2011 at 07:24 PM
"I can tell you why the white people are living in the suburbs and the blacks are living in the inner cities..." What you don't understand is that LIVING IN THE INNER CITIES is what LED to this kind of behaviour. It's from "generational cycles of poverty" because there were no jobs. There's no economy in the inner cities. That's what led to the breakdown of their family structure, then the breakdown of society there. That's not a "lifestyle", that's an end result. Please understand that this isn't the way ALL Black people act. I feel really bad about what happened in your neighborhood. The same thing happens to NICE Black neighborhoods too.
voxverity July 02, 2011 at 07:28 PM
"My brother who didn't have an aggressive bone in his body was ganged up on by three black males the third day of high school and he refused to go back..." They gang up on black kids too. No one expects you to feel sorry for anyone. It's about understanding the reasons some things are the way they are. But it's too late for that.
voxverity July 02, 2011 at 07:47 PM
WOW, all the racial comments ! ! ! There were plenty of cases in the news about white people killing their children, but there weren't any racist comments about "THOSE EVIL WHITE PEOPLE." Why have commentors turned THIS case into a race issue??? If anyone wants to talk statistics, what about the FACT that WHITE PEOPLE came to every continent, killed off as many NATIVES as they could, subjugated the rest, took over their land, removed all the resources and now THE WHOLE WORLD IS POLLUTED ! ! ! You want to talk statistics, what about the FACT that the reason the economy is in the toilet is because of what the BIG BANKS and WALL STREETERS did??? How many of THEM were Black??? (The dark-skinned Sri Lankin scapegoat doesn't count.)
Jake July 03, 2011 at 12:38 AM
They haven't pled guilty or had a trial yet. Given the collapse of the Strauss-Kahn case, perhaps we should be a little bit more skeptical of one person's claims, especially about events that happened so long ago.
voxverity July 03, 2011 at 06:17 PM
"Slavery isn't an excuse."??? It's not about slavery. It's about the 150 yrs of discrimination SINCE slavery was abolished. Institutionalized racism kept them from being able to move away to better areas, back in the 50s & 60s when the majority still had intact families and were able to raise their kids the right way. After being locked into "generational cycles of poverty" it all went to hell. Do you not realize that inner cities ghettos AND Native American reservations are just CONCENTRATION CAMPS??? You do know that HITLER modled his CONCENTRATION CAMPS on the HOLDING CAMPS Native Americans were held in when they were rounded up and marched to the reservations, right? I'm not trying to defend the behavior of Blacks. It's just that it's a RESULT of the way the breakdown of society occurred from being relegated to impoverished inner cities where there is NO ECONOMY. There are NO JOBS in the inner cities for them to take care of their families. Poverty = Crime + Drugs and the breakdown of society.
SS July 03, 2011 at 06:19 PM
I agree with Corey, rape is an abomination. And Jane I hope you do not still live in the neighborhood.
voxverity July 04, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Hi Jane. I feel really bad about what you went through. The same kind of thing happened in my town when I grew up. Whenever I hear Bruce Springsteen singing, "In my hometown," it still brings a tear to my eye. Unfortunately, the wrong segment of Black society is what moved into your town. Please don't let it form your opinion of ALL Black people. The people who moved into your town were the equivalent of the meth affected people in the white trailer parks in FL and other southern states. They just don't constantly show news stories about THEM on tv.
Jane Binkley July 06, 2011 at 09:31 PM
voxverity I have rec'd. your comments by email and I can have a standing argument for everything you've said to stick up for them. I was a child growing up in the inner city where my parents rented a home. That was before we moved across town to the better neighborhood. There were middle class and poor people living around us and they were all one color and we didn't have any problems. We white kids were afraid of the black kids because they all had a chip on their shoulders and all they wanted to do was bully and fight so we stayed away from them. Their way is to gang up like cowards so they are sure to win the fight. Also I'm tired of having the slavery thing thrown up to me. My family nor my ancestors enslaved them. It's time to let that dog rest. They use that and so-called underpriviledge as an excuse for everything because they want the whites to support them. I agree there are some good ones but they are very few and far between. I have known three good black families and they are ashamed of their color because of so many bad ones.
BMW July 08, 2011 at 11:32 AM
Wow, I am so amazed that folks are talking about Feb the shortest month used to enlighten folks that didn't get Black History in their segregated neighborhoods all of the other 11 and the comments here about ALL Blacks proves it. As far as RAPE a crime of power.... GEORGE, the daddy of America handed it down to these parentless, angry guys who took advantage of what was probably a parentless, dressed too grown for attention girl. If you look closely the guys look drugged out of their minds. Yep, I guess Blacks are at the top of the drug market too. Now let's jump on the highway in any direction and find the White kids who chop up their parents and blame the Blacks. And Officer Anthony who no doubt fathered Caylee with Casey while the mom accepted it all, they learned that when those damn Blacks moved next door. The saddest thing - be you Black or White, you have not read the one book that explains it all- Hint? The proverbial chickens are here! And if you hate Malcolm, try a little Cooper or EA a film online. STOP THE HATE AND GET READY FOR THE QUAKE! A lie can't last always. I say get rid of all of the things those darn Blacks invented. And who burned downed the affluent town ROSEWOOD? Why wait til Feb?
BMW July 08, 2011 at 11:54 AM
Jane, Jane,Jane are you straight out of the one sided reader Dick and Jane. Well hells bells, only 3 good Black families, wella miss mam who that be fillin up those there Black colleges? And ganging up to gain advantage, gonna ask my mom's Native relatives who taught that lesson in America. And if you don't understand how free labor and the sale of Black fathers away from their families gave you a leg up and destroyed a race to the point that 3 Black families confess self hate to the likes of you! Climb back into that story book. Tsk, tsk. Go take a DNA TEST. JADGT
BMW July 08, 2011 at 12:46 PM
Poor Jane, God is gonna have her marry a Black man or woman given the new laws, ha ha ha. She is so backwards until she makes the KKK look like lovers of Jews and Blacks. I hope she is not a teacher of our Black babies and by her remarks she must worship Satan, because basically she is saying God made junk. Blacks just have horrible genes and can't do better. Wow, now she tells me. Darn, 34 years wasted teaching, earned several degrees when all the while I coulda been laying up on Massa's welfare. Damn! Wait till I call my siblings, the librarian, the principal and the shrink and no not on any Tap,Pap or slap help. I wish my dad would pay her a visit from the grave, a man that ran to NY away from racist cops and begged his dad to sign him into the service. Held down 3 jobs most of our lives and still insisted we not put Whites down. Wow and now Jane tells me, we ain't worth the cruise ships that brought our ungrateful asses here. Wow Jane. Like the man said, go back to Ohio and wait for the cleansing flood waters. JADGT
Jane Binkley July 08, 2011 at 04:54 PM
BMW you can make all the fun at me that you want. Truth is Truth anyway you want to look at it. It's for sure that you cannot face the truth of what I've said. I don't have to go back to Ohio because I'm already here, and there you go throwing that slavery thing at me again after I've told you I nor my parents nor my ancestors had anything to do with slavery. That's your problem, you can't let it rest and go on with your life. That's the problem with all blacks, they can't let the slavery thing go and they use it for a crutch for everything. I'm not saying God made junk, but he made some lower class humans and they were ok in their own environment and should have been allowed to stay there instead of bringing them here. And the reason for the all black colleges is because they can teach them at a slower pace because they're so slow minded that they can't mentally keep up with the whites in white colleges. As for the rest of your jive prattle that doesn't make sense and I won't waste my time trying because yes, you're not worth anymore of my time.
BMW July 08, 2011 at 07:03 PM
My point is many Blacks did in fact over come slavery and sit in colleges and this society right next to you and that is what makes you angry, they are not dumb at all. As for the suburbs, I don't want to burst yet another one of your bubbles as to the shameful reason that they were formed after the war. As for your evening news truth, Couldcareless educated on that above. Um? Black colleges, for dummies? Ask White folks why they fight to attend them? Perhaps they want to expand their minds with other truths? I only suggest that you return to Ohio so you can be safe and happy in a Black free zone. Perhaps Jaycee Dugard can help you tonight, since TV is your fact finding source. I will give you a simple small 5d book to read- The Willie Lynch Letters. I was raised blind about slavery and real Black or American History. Just a skippin' along, happy that ole massa accepted me and my family. And then AMAZING GRACE- my BOE/ CUNY knowledge starved brain was introduced to them there utter books! God help you. Like I said, DNA TEST. U ARE WE AND THEE. Blacks need to stop shopping for a month and then maybe Jane will say, Um? It's really sad bc she thinks she has truth. JADGT

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