Human Trafficking

Police say pair wooed, pimped 13-year-old

 

A man and woman are accused of coaching a 13-year-old girl into prostitution and using the money for their own living expenses.

dmoskovitz@MiamiHerald.com

The young girl had run away from home to be with her much-older boyfriend and within a day her beau made a shocking demand, according to police: Become his prostitute or go home.

The 13-year-old agreed.

She worked the Biscayne Boulevard strip, giving the man half the money she earned, police said, until he threatened to kill her.

Now that man, Daron Eugene Sneed, 26, is in jail and facing a slew of charges, including procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution. He is being held in a Miami-Dade jail without bail.

A woman who worked with him — and, police said, helped train the girl to be a prostitute — also was arrested on various charges.

Melquinice T. Macklin, 20, was being held in a Miami-Dade jail on $2 million bail.

Both were booked into jail Thursday after a lengthy investigation.

Reached by phone, Macklin’s mother, who did not give her name, said “Those are just allegations. Obviously that’s why we have the court of law.”

The investigation involved Miami-Dade schools police, Miami police and the State Attorney’s Office.

Here is how arrest affidavits describe what happened:

It was the fall of 2011. The girl was waiting for her school bus at Northwest 22nd Avenue and 183rd Street when Sneed, also known as “Killer,” went up and befriend her.

They kept in touch, first through their cell phones, later meeting up in person at a playground.

On Sept. 11, 2011, the girl ran away from home with Sneed. While on a bus to Biscayne Boulevard, Sneed convinced her to work as a prostitute, “telling her that, if she didn’t do it, then she would have to return home,” the affidavit said. He knew her age was 13.

She performed her first act of prostitution 15 minutes after getting on Biscayne inside an abandoned home for $80.

Macklin gave the girl lessons in how to be a prostitute, the affidavit said, even though the girl had been reported as a runaway.

For about a week, she worked mostly out of the Kings Motel, 7150 Biscayne Blvd., giving half the money she earned to Sneed, who beat up johns who refused to pay, according to the affidavit.

Macklin and Sneed supervised, using the money for food and shelter.

On Sept. 17, 2011, the girl left after Sneed threatened to kill her.

Police said that, after being informed of her Miranda rights, Macklin confessed. At no point in the arrest affidavits did police explain the gap between when the girl was coerced into prostitution and when the arrests were made.

Investigators believe there may be other victims. If you have any information about such crimes, call Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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