Manhattan Man Charged With Sex Trafficking 14-Year-Old Girl Running Away From Home
Glen Johnson, 62, met the victim at Manhattan’s Penn Station and offered to ‘take care of her’ before allegedly raping and trafficking her.
Tragedy struck when a 14-year-old girl ran away from home and came to Manhattan on an Amtrak train. On March 9, 2022, she arrived in New York’s Penn Station where she met Glen Johnson, a 62-year-old man who has now been charged with raping and trafficking her.
Johnson had previously topped a fed-up cop’s list for repeat offenders since he had amassed 158 arrests since April 1983, according to The New York Post.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced that Johnson has been charged with rape in the first and second degrees, sex trafficking of a child, and criminal sex act in the second degree, reported NBC New York.
In a statement on July 14, Bragg said, “Unfortunately, while the allegations in this case are utterly disturbing, it is by no means unique. Far from the common misconception of sex trafficking – where young women are kidnapped in foreign countries and transported across borders – sex trafficking is happening right in our backyard. Again and again, we see traffickers target runaway children in our busiest transit hubs and use various forms of coercion to force them to perform commercial sexual acts.”
Johnson came across the 14-year-old child at Penn Station. MSN reported that he offered to take care of her but, instead, forcibly raped her in the bathroom of a subway after he convinced her to accompany him.
The next day, Johnson allegedly took the young girl to an alleyway in Manhattan where he arranged for multiple men to rape her. At least one paid Johnson to rape the girl.
“He stayed with the child constantly, giving her food and shelter, buying her lingerie, making her watch pornography,” Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Marcella Lupski said during Johnson’s July 14 arraignment.
When Johnson later brought the girl back to Penn Station, Amtrak police officers recognized her from missing child posters. Johnson left the scene, but he was later arrested after the New York Police Department and prosecutors investigated his crimes.