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Harlem pimp who turned opioid-addicted women into sex slaves gets 10 years behind bars

2019-09-27

A Harlem pimp who used drugs and beatings to force two young opioid addicts into sex slavery will spend the next 10 years behind bars.

Charles White, 39, kept the two women inside his rundown house on W. 129th St. near Fifth Ave., and forced them to have sex with as many as 15 men a night.

The women came from small cities out of state and suffered from opioid addiction. He and his accomplice, Jason Walden, 33, kept them on the third floor of the house, which had no heat and no basic hygiene products. There, they fed the women with drugs like cocaine to keep them awake for customers at all hours, prosecutors said.

If the women refused, White and Walden beat them and lashed them with whips and belts. One woman suffered permanent hearing loss when Walden hit her on the side of the head for refusing to perform a sex act, prosecutors said.

“I remember like it was just yesterday,” one of the victims said in an impact statement. “A rundown building that squatters had posted up in. There was no heat and no hot water. I was in a room with literally only a bed and a few clothing items. The building was so cold you could see my breath in the air.”

White and Walden didn’t treat them badly at first, but that changed over time, she said.

“They reel you in. These predators are good at what they do. They break you down, make you truly believe you have no purpose, that you are not worthy, you’re nothing, and they are the only ones who ‘care’ for you,” she said. “Throughout my time there I was made to do things that still make me cringe now thinking about them. I was abused, mentally and spiritually broke down, treated like a piece of trash.”

Walden was sentenced to eight years behind bars earlier this month.

White, who was convicted of two counts of sex trafficking, was sentenced in Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday.