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The girl, she said, “held the complainant at gunpoint for about an hour. That question is at the crux of “safe harbor” legislation, passed unanimously out of the Pennsylvania Senate in April, that would make juveniles immune from prosecution for prostitution.It also would divert to the child-welfare system some charges that tend to go along with prostitution – critics call them “masking” charges, like false identification, disorderly conduct, loitering, criminal trespass.According to a federal criminal complaint filed Tuesday, Hazley trafficked the teen, identified in court documents as Minor A, throughout December 2016, arranging multiple dates for commercial sex each day through the classified website The law firm representing the teen's mother identified Minor A as Desiree Robinson.Lewis told the girls to perform sex acts on the man and took video.
On the morning of Desiree's death, Hazley and an unnamed female dropped off the teen at a home in Markham to meet with a sex buyer, prosecutors have alleged.
She said the girl was a victim, forced first to prostitute herself and then to participate in the alleged crime.
Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Fischer saw it differently. The fact is, human-trafficking victims don’t hold people at gunpoint.” Are teens who get caught up in prostitution – and then are charged with related crimes – victims or perpetrators?
Days after 16-year-old Desiree Robinson was slain allegedly by a man who had answered an online sex ad, the teen's pimp realized he had a problem, federal prosecutors say.
The issue for Joseph Hazley wasn't so much the girl's violent death — it was that his cash flow had been interrupted, according to prosecutors.
A man answered the ad April 22 and went to a house in Philadelphia’s Frankford section, where two girls, ages 16 and 17, were waiting with a 28-year-old man named Reginald Lewis and another male.