A 57-year-old from the Bronx named Paul Alexander has been accused of trafficking children and forcing them into prostitution in New York State.
According to the Bronx Times, Alexander is the first resident of New York State to be indicted for sex trafficking of a child. This is a new criminal charge that targets predators, specifically those who smuggle children into the sex trade. In the past, Alexander has been convicted for sexually abusing a female, and possession of child pornography. Alexander was listed in the state Sex Offender Registry following these crimes.
According to the Attorney General of New York State, Letitia James, “Alexander lured underage girls, some as young as 12, to his Bronx apartment and engaged them in explicit behavior. He allegedly exposed himself to them, showed nude photographs and attempted to perform sex acts on the victims.” (BronxTimes).
The Bronx Times also reports that victims of Alexander made the NYPD aware of the abuse, igniting the investigation. With teamwork from the NYPD’s Major Case Squad, and the Attorney General’s office members, authorities were able to gather evidence that Alexander had been trafficking underage girls across county lines.
Further, Alexander began selling the girls to other men for sex to make his own profit. The BronxTimes explains, “In one instance, law enforcement sources said, Alexander allegedly charged an undercover police officer $300 to have sex with two young girls, ages 12 and 14. In the process, he allegedly advised the undercover agent to ply the victims with alcohol and marijuana in order to make them cooperative.”
Alexander could face up to 50 years behind bars, if he is convicted.
Original Article: https://www.bxtimes.com/bronx-sex-offender-cuffed-for-role-in-child-sex-trafficking-scheme/