A 28 year-old pimp,Arthur Dawson has been remanded in prison custody for allegedly forcing a 17-year-old girl into prostitution.
Dawson was charged with child sex trafficking, sex trafficking, rape, strangulation, promoting prostitution and conspiracy but he pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court, where he appeared dazed and with blond highlights in his hair.
The New York Post reports that in April of 2019, Dawnson and another individual lured the teenager through Facebook’s messaging service and then sold her for sex in the Bronx and other locations in New York City, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.
Dawson also known as “AR Tana” would force the girl to stand in the street waiting for men in cars to approach her for sex, telling her: “Ask if they’re a cop, and if they say no, you get in the backseat,” according to his indictment. He’d allegedly pocket all the cash the girl made and in one instance forced her to have sex with a man he called his “cousin” for free, saying “it’s a family discount,” the court documents state.
Once, when she asked for some of the money she’d been paid to perform sexual acts, Dawson allegedly raped and choked her, prosecutors said.
Between July 2018 and October 2019, Dawson and the other individual allegedly also pimped out several other women.
Defense attorney Daniel Hupert tried to get his client out by urging Judge John Carro to consider the new bail reform laws, which prevent pre-trial detention only for suspects in misdemeanor and non-violent felony cases and wouldn’t apply to Dawson, as his top charge was sex trafficking.
Carro interrupted the half-baked argument, saying: “There is no amount of bail to ensure his return.”
Dawson was remanded into custody without bail, as his wife, sister and brother cried in the courtroom.
Vance credited the passing of New York’s Child Sex Trafficking Act last year for the indictment.
“Our laws finally reflect the reality that we see in this case: child prostitution is not only despicable, it is sex trafficking, plain and simple,” he said.