South Hackensack police rescue prostitute, 16, charge female pimp with human trafficking

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 16-year-old girl forced into prostitution was rescued by South Hackensack police who arrested her female pimp — the department’s second recent recovery of a slave-trade juvenile.

Photo Credit: Courtesy SOUTH HACKENSACK PD
Photo Credit: Courtesy SOUTH HACKENSACK PD

An undercover South Hackensack police officer responded to an online adult advertisement and was met by the teen at a Route 46 motel, Capt. Robert Kaiser told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.

She was turned over to state child protection workers, and the accused pimp — 30-year-old Ernestine Bowman of Orange (above) — was arrested on human trafficking charges.

Bowman was being held on $250,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail on child endangerment and human trafficking-related counts.

A second suspect arrested in the sting — Tonika Williams, 31, of Raleigh, NC (below, top) — was charged with prostitution, the captain said. She was released on a summons.

Kaiser said a second undercover operation led to heroin and crack drug-dealing charges against a Paterson couple: Terry Dance, 31, and 20-year-old Edson Carranza.

Dance, who also was charged with resisting, was being held on $25,000 bail and Carranza on $2,500 in the county jail, he said.

(Top to bottom): Tonika Williams, Edson Carranza, Terry Dance


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