- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police have arrested two men on charges of child sex trafficking after detectives say they forced two young runaways into prostitution.

The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1dUyP2F ) Percy Kennedy, 33, and Randy Cotton, 32, were arrested and booked with two counts of trafficking of children for sex purposes.

According to records, the two men are accused of harboring two young runaway girls and forcing them into prostitution.

According to records filed in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, the two men are accused of harboring two young runaway girls and forcing them into prostitution.

On Jan. 12, records show, two 16-year-old girls were reported missing from a children’s shelter. Ten days later, on Jan. 22, detectives investigating the girls’ disappearance were told that both teens were believed to be staying at a Metairie motel.

Records show that both teens said they had been working as prostitutes since Jan. 15 while staying with Kennedy and Cotton. One of the girls said she had been on five dates since then, and that she was forced to hand over all of the money earned to Kennedy and Cotton.

The teen told police that both men threatened to “kick her out onto the street” if she refused to work as a prostitute for them.

The other girl told detectives that she had earned approximately $80 since staying with Kennedy and Cotton.

Kennedy and Cotton are each being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

It was unclear whether the men have attorneys.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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