Man who forced 16-year-old girl to work as prostitute gets 13 year sentence

By Erin Banco /|

A Newark man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for trafficking a 16-year-old girl from New York to New Jersey and forcing her work as a prostitute, authorities said.

Glen Bowman, 42, ran a prostitution ring he advertised on with his wife Ernestine Bowman, 33, of Orange, according to Attorney General Christopher Porrino.

“Bowman threatened a girl of 16 with violence if she didn’t submit to the hellish life of sexual slavery he devised for her,” Porrino said in a statement. ”

An April 2015 indictment said the pair, along with others, had forced the 16-year-old girl, a runaway from Brooklyn, to engage in prostitution at motels along Route 46 in South Hackensack and Clifton.

The investigation that led to charges against the prostitution ring began as an undercover operation by the South Hackensack Police Department.

An undercover officer responded to an advertisement that included the photo of a young girl. He phoned the number and a woman told him he could have “full sex” for $160 at a motel on Route 46 in South Hackensack.

The officer went to the hotel and a teenage girl answered the door. Another woman was hiding in the bathroom.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.