Hialeah

Police: Woman forced teen into prostitution, and another helped

Lily Karolyi
Lily Karolyi Miami-Dade Corrections

After running away from home, a 14-year-old hitched a ride from Northwest Miami-Dade to a Hialeah motel.

There, police say, she met Lily Karolyi, 20, through another young runaway.

Police said Karolyi made the teen a deal: She could earn her stay by having sex with men.

On Monday, Hialeah police arrested Karolyi and Latasha Hunt, 30, who police said helped get the teen ready for pictures posted on the website Backpage.com.

Karolyi, who was being held Tuesday at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center with no bond, was charged with human trafficking, child neglect, renting space for the use of prostitution, custody interference, possession of Xanax, pornography and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Hunt, who was being held on no bond because of an out-of-state-warrant, was charged with child abuse, giving a false name and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to Karolyi's arrest report, the teen was taken on May 27 to The Crossway Motel in Hialeah after “unknown males” picked her up at Northwest 16th Avenue and 119th Street.

The next day she met “juvenile witness D.J. and 8-month-old M.K., the infant son of [Karolyi],” according to the report.

D.J. then introduced the teen to Karolyi, who told the teen to throw away her school clothes and took her to a store to buy a white shirt with silver rhinestones, white shorts with a chained belt and a bra with the name “Paris” written on the top, the report states.

Karolyi then took the girl back to the motel, where she took pictures of her to post on Backpage.com. She said a man then came to the room and attempted to force himself on her. The teen told police that Karolyi was outside the room and intervened, making the man leave.

The teen told police that the next day Hunt, who was renting the room next door, told her “to wear the wig so it could make her look older,” according to the report.

Hunt, she told police, put a wig on her head and told her how to stand for the photos that were placed on the website, calling her Cookie.

The teen told police she then had sex with several men for money that she gave to Karolyi. She told police she never got any of the money.

Karolyi, according to her arrest report, refused to speak to officers. Hunt told police, the report says, that she put the wig on the teen’s head.

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