Saturday 24 February 2018

Girl 'plied with drugs and forced into prostitution' after being lured to motel with promise of babysitting job

Christopher White (19) and Adria Regn (28) face human trafficking charges after teen held for 10 days in New Jersey inn and forced to sleep with strangers

Adria Regn and Christopher White are charged with human trafficking and other crimes. Picture: NJ Attorney General's Office
Adria Regn and Christopher White are charged with human trafficking and other crimes. Picture: NJ Attorney General's Office
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A US couple lured a 17-year-old girl to a motel for a babysitting job then forced her to take drugs and work as a prostitute for 10 days, prosecutors have claimed.

New Jersey pair Christopher White (19) and Adria Regn (28) face numerous charges, including human trafficking of a minor, the state Attorney General’s office has revealed.

Authorities said the pair lured the teen to a motel room in October, asking her to babysit Ms Regn’s two young children. But the couple instead allegedly gave the victim methamphetamine and marijuana and told her she needed to work as an escort. She was told Regn’s children would end up on the street if she refused, police said.

According to the prosecutor the pair forced the teen to have sex with several men each day and threatened to beat her if she ran off, officials said. The girl eventually escaped after the two fell asleep.

The suspects are being represented by public defenders who declined to comment.

Attorney General Christopher Porrino called the case “especially heartbreaking” in a statement on Tuesday.

The couple has been detained at the Burlington County Jail since their arrest in May.

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