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Pint size Queens man charged in prostitution ring involving underage girls

September 17, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Pint size Queens man charged in prostitution ring involving underage girls

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Federal agents have charged a pint-sized driver for pimping out underage girls as part of a prostitution ring in Pennsylvania and New York City, law enforcement officials said on Friday.

Sharekul Islam, who is only 4-foot-7, is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years behind bars if convicted of sex trafficking charges, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nomi Berenson stated.

In Brooklyn Federal Court, Berenson said, “These are incredibly serious charges.”

According to the New York Daily News, 22-year-old Islam was taken into custody on Thursday in Swatara Township, Pennsylvania, when police officers were investigating the smell of marijuana coming from a vehicle parked outside a Howard Johnson motel, court documents indicate.

Law enforcement officials discovered Islam with a 14-year-old girl in the car. After the two had been interviewed, the cops concluded that the suspect was “driving her from hotel to hotel for the purpose of engaging in prostitution,” said Stacy Shahrani, FBI Special Agent, in a criminal complaint.

Sharekul Islam (c.) leaves Brooklyn Federal Court with his parents. (BARRY WILLIAMS/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Sharekul Islam (c.) leaves Brooklyn Federal Court with his parents. (BARRY WILLIAMS/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

The little man also reportedly had a big mouth, revealing that he had paid for a room at a Quality Inn where the police could locate “the pimp and his wife.”

Police officers went to the motel and apprehended Michael Miller and Latrell King, who are both charged with drafting underage girls between 13- and 17-years-old to take part in prostitution. Their services were allegedly advertised on Backpage.com.

The couple had been under investigation by an NYPD vice unit since April after officers questioned a 17-year-old runaway who returned home. The teenager told investigators that Miller recruited her to work as an “escort,” court papers indicate.

Miller and King are both being held in Pennsylvania and will be transported to Brooklyn.

Islam, a Queens native, was released on $50,000 bond in the custody of his parents, bringing with him a briefcase with the monitoring equipment for an electronic GPS ankle bracelet. He was recently hired to work at a Staples, but otherwise, he will remain under house arrest.

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