MIAMI (CBSMiami) – One of three people accused of forcing a 13-year-old girl to prostitute herself and dance in an exotic dance club, was denied bond in court Friday morning.
Marlene San Vincente, 22, was held with no bond Friday after she told the judge that she has two children.
Vincente, along with Vilbert Jean, 35, and DeWayne Ward, 18, are all charged with human trafficking, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, lewd and lascivious conduct on a person less than 16 and delivering a controlled substance to a person under 18,
A warrant in this case states San Vincente tutored the victim known as “D.J.” to maximize her earnings as a nude dancer at Club Madonna, where she went by the stage name “Peaches.”
“D.J.” ran away from her home on December 10 and met Jean, San Vicente, and Ward. They allegedly forced her to have sex with a man for $80 and took the cash, according to police.
When “D.J.” refused to continue prostituting herself, they allegedly forced her to perform at the Club Madonna strip club. According to a police warrant, “D.J.” danced at the club from December 13th through January 4th and earned over $1,000 a day which she had to surrender to her alleged exploiters.
Club Madonna’s owner Leroy Griffith said he had no knowledge that a 13-year-old girl was stripping at his club.
“D.J’s” mother told CBS4 News she plans to file a lawsuit against Club Madonna.
According to details in the warrant, “D.J.” was subject to bodily harm if she didn’t make at least $500 a day.
According to police, she was forced to have sex with Ward on more than six occasions.
Her mother located her on January 6th in the area of North Miami Avenue and NE 55 Street.
The three also allegedly provided her with alcohol and large amounts of marijuana while she was under their control.
If convicted, the three defendants face up to life in prison.