- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - Three people who allegedly recruited underage girls to work as prostitutes have been charged with human trafficking and other counts.

Union County prosecutors say the arrests announced Tuesday culminated a seven-week investigation that started with a tip from state child welfare officials and a nonprofit agency.

Two women - Sameerah Williams, of Newark, and Antwanajah Barnhill, of Irvington - and Ibn Shabazz, an East Orange man, were all arrested Friday at a hotel in Elizabeth. Prosecutors say the three booked room reservations for the girls and set up online ads that sometimes featured photos of the girls.

They also allegedly sent messages to the girls via several web applications, advising them where to meet customers and telling them how much to charge.

All three defendants are expected to make their initial court appearances this week. It wasn’t known Tuesday if any of them have retained attorneys.

This story has been corrected to show that the defendants are two women and a man, not three men, as per authorities.


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