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Teen says she was forced into prostitution

Aug. 19, 2011 at 4:40 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A teenager described weeks of working as a prostitute, beaten and raped over and over, during a hearing for a Detroit man charged with sexual trafficking.

The girl, now 15, testified that Sedrick Leman-Isaac Mitchell, 32, picked her up when she was a 14-year-old runaway, The Detroit News reported. Mitchell, also known by the street name "Gruesome," is the first person to face charges under Michigan's new human trafficking law and is also charged with rape and a long list of other crimes.

"We had to come home with at least $200. If I didn't, he would beat me," the girl said.

Investigators said Mitchell imprisoned the 14-year-old and a 15-year-old. He allegedly choked the older girl when she resisted having sex with him.

The younger girl said she stood on a street corner in Detroit from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. She would service as many as six customers a night and was also forced to have sex with Mitchell, sometimes three times daily.

Mitchell took all her earnings, she said, giving her fast food and buying her working outfits.

The hearing is scheduled to resume Sept. 8 with another alleged victim testifying.

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