Two arrested in child prostitution cases
By Ana Ley
Updated 11:54 a.m., Friday, October 14, 2011

* Kwaku Agyin / Courtesy photo

Police arrested a man accused of raping a teenage runaway and forcing her into prostitution.

Kwaku Agyin, 20, is charged with harboring a runaway child, trafficking of children, compelling prostitution and sexual assault of a minor.

The victim, 16, had run away from a juvenile detention center in early September and was living on the streets when she met Agyin on a bus and they exchanged cell phone numbers, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Days later, the girl called Agyin and met him in a hotel room, where he sexually assaulted her and instructed her on working as a prostitute, telling her to look for customers in the Rittiman Road area on the city’s Northast Side, the affidavit states.

The girl told police she had sex with about 60 to 70 customers during the time that she was working for Agyin.

Also Wednesday, police arrested a woman who admitted having forced her daughter, then 15, into having sex with a man in exchange for cocaine, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Sally Garcia, 44, told police she would take her daughter to a cocaine dealer’s home for about three years until earlier this year, when the girl was 17.

According to the affidavit, the dealer would give Garcia about $20 worth of cocaine each time the girl engaged in sexual acts with him.

Garcia was charged with compelling prostitution and trafficking of children.

If convicted of child trafficking, a first-degree felony, Agyin and Garcia could face life in prison.

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