Feds: Teen girl forced into prostitution at Romeoville motel
September 17, 2013 12:50PM
Updated: October 19, 2013 7:11PM
A Milwaukee man who allegedly brought a teen across the state line and eventually to a Romeoville motel to have her work as a prostitute was ordered held on a federal sex-trafficking charge.
Dajaun Key, 30, made the 15-year-old Madison, Wis., girl perform sex acts for money at a motel Sept. 9 and 10, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago.
Key appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Daniel G. Martin on Tuesday in Chicago, where he waived his right to a detention hearing and will remain jailed until trial.
Romeoville police found the girl Sept. 10 at a fast-food restaurant after the girl’s mother reported that her daughter had called her crying from a motel and had no way home, prosecutors said. They said police went to the motel, where they found Key with a woman, who went with officers to the nearby restaurant and identified the 15-year-old girl.
The teen told FBI agents that she met Key Sept. 8 at an apartment complex in Madison, and Key offered to drive her to Milwaukee and back to Madison but instead took her to Chicago and then to Romeoville.
Prosecutors said Key told the girl that if she worked for him as a prostitute, she would keep all of the money she made. The girl told Key she wanted him to take her home, but Key put her in the motel room and took photos of her, which he then posted in online advertisements, according to court documents.
They indicate that the girl agreed to spend the night, believing Key would take her home in the morning, but he refused to do so. He then forced her to perform sex acts for money Sept. 9 and 10, which the teen believed would earn her enough money to take a bus home, prosecutors said.
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