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Default Why (black) pimp who pimped out 16-year-old girl only got a slap on the wrist


Why man who pimped out 16-year-old girl only got a slap on the wrist
By Yoav Gonen
April 17, 2018 | 9:49pm

Isaiah Barnes

Isaiah Barnes, 27, was busted pimping out a 16-year-old girl in Queens — but was let off with a slap on the wrist thanks to the state’s backward trafficking laws.

Cops collared Barnes in a January 2016 sting operation after he advertised the teen on Backpage.com and an undercover officer met the pair at a Comfort Inn, according to a criminal complaint.

But the girl — a runaway from Connecticut — wouldn’t cooperate with prosecutors, even jumping out of a moving car to escape law enforcement.

Without her testimony, the Queens District Attorney’s Office couldn’t charge Barnes with sex trafficking of a minor — a Class B felony that would’ve seen him sentenced to up to 25 years behind bars.

Instead, they had to settle with promoting prostitution of a minor — a Class D felony at the time, which allowed him to get off on probation.

That’s now a Class C felony — but prosecutors say he should automatically have been charged with trafficking because she was too young to consent.

“If under 18 was included in the sex trafficking statute, like it should be, then he would have been facing up to 25 years — even without her testimony,” says Queens Assistant District Attorney Jessica Melton, chief of the borough’s Human Trafficking Unit.
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