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Teen Girls Used for Prostitution in Morris County, say Indictments

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MORRISTOWN, N.J. - A Boonton woman and a Morris Plains man led two juvenile girls to engage in prostitution in Parsippany-Troy Hills and Rockaway Township last year, according to authorities. 

The people, Debbie Kooken, of Boonton, and Aldophus Mims, of Morris Plains, were named in indictments alleging multiple crimes including first-degree human trafficking and promoting prostitution, said Morris County Prosecutor Frederic Knapp and Rockaway Township Police Chief Martin McParland, Jr. 

Knapp and McParland, in a statement, said the victims were aged 15 and 17.

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"These victims reported that they were led to engage in prostitution by the two defendants between the dates of June 12, 2015 and June 18, 2015," said the authorities. "The 17-year-old victim alleged that Ms. Kooken would make arrangements for the victims to meet with several male clients at area hotels.  Mr. Mims would then collect the money received after the sexual acts were completed." 

Knapp and McParland said the 15-year-old also told investigators that Mims had sex with her. "In addition, both victims alleged that Mr. Mims provided them with heroin during this time period," said the statement.   

Kooken, 43, faces four counts of first-degree human trafficking, four counts of first-degree promoting prostitution, four counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, four counts of second degree conspiracy to commit human trafficking and four counts of second-degree conspiracy to promote prostitution, said the officials. 

Mims, 39, was indicted on six counts of first-degree human trafficking, four counts of first-degree promoting prostitution, two counts of second-degree sexual assault, five counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, four counts of second-degree conspiracy to commit human trafficking, four counts of second-degree conspiracy to promote prostitution and four counts of third-degree distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, said the statement. 

Knapp thanked the Rockaway Borough Police Department, specifically officer Scott Haigh. He also thanked the Rockaway Township Police Department, specifically, detective Thomas Takas, as well as the Town of Boonton Police Department, the Hackettstown Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Section and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit. 

The prosecutor asked anyone with information about the incident call detective supervisor Marshall Wang of the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor's Office at 973-285-6200 or detective Thomas Takas of the Rockaway Township Police Department at 973-625-4000. 

 

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