A rabbi from New Jersey alongside two Bronx residents are facing charges in connection with the alleged human trafficking of a Pennsylvania teen.
A statement released by New Jersey prosecutors revealed that Gabriella Colon, 18, and Richard Ortiz, 23, coerced a 17-year-old Lancaster girl into having sex with roughly 30 men.
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The coercion is alleged to have taken place between Jan. 1 and Feb. 2 at an East Brunswick, N.J., hotel. The arrest was made on Friday on charges including promoting prostitution and criminal restraint.
It turns out that Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 35, of East Brunswick, was allegedly among those who had sex with the girl. The rabbi has been charged with engaging in prostitution with a child and child endangerment.
According to prosecutors, Goodman was working in a religious capacity at a Jewish center that operated out of his home and may have an affiliation with another center in East Brunswick. This comes as The YWCA is hoping to raise awareness for victims of human trafficking by using bright red sand to fill the sidewalks in front of their building.