Justice for Fourteen-Year-Old Girl Lured Into Sex-Trafficking

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Target: Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano

Goal: Convict and punish man who allegedly lured a 14-year-old girl into sex trafficking.

A 29-year-old man allegedly lured a 14-year-old girl from a group home in Rhode Island to work as a prostitute in New Jersey. The girl had disappeared last November after meeting Paul J. Monteiro on Facebook, but she had kept in contact with a friend on Facebook who later led authorities to her, according to court records.

The Facebook friend of the girl reported to authorities that the girl “hates her life” and “she wishes things were better.” Police then requested an emergency “ping” off of the girls phone which led them to a hotel in New Jersey where the girl and Monteiro were staying. Agents from Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI, and local police were all involved. The girl told police that Monteiro sold her for sex to at least two men.

Monteiro, who goes by “Peezy,” is also accused of filming himself engaging in sexual acts with the young girl. The police say that they found the video on his phone, as well as photos of the girl that were used on an escort site advertisement. A federal grand jury handed down a three-court indictment, with two charges that may result in Monteiro spending life in prison. The charges include transportation of a minor with unlawful intent of sexual activity, sex trafficking of a minor, and sexual exploitation of a child.

A 14-year-old girl was coaxed into leaving with a man who allegedly had intercourse with her and sold her for sex to other men. This is a disgusting and deplorable act, and this man must be punished extensively, if convicted. Sign to demand that the prosecutor seek the maximum sentence in this case.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Soriano,

A 14-year-old girl was reportedly lured into leaving her group home in Rhode Island by a 29-year-old man, Paul Monteiro. This man allegedly filmed the two of them having intercourse, as well as posting an advertisement of the young girl on an escort website. She also told the police that she had sexual encounters with at least two other men during the time she was with Monteiro.

Sex trafficking is not just an issue in other nations–it happens in the United States everyday, everywhere. It is the duty of the justice system to take a stand and to strictly punish anyone who commits such acts. If convicted, please make sure this man is punished to the fullest extent.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Kjetil Ree

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