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Detective charged with prostituting a teen

D.A.: Girl forced to have intercourse, oral sex with men
January 31, 2008 4:38:04 PM PST
An NYPD detective is on the wrong side of the law Thursday.He and his girlfriend are charged with keeping a 13-year-old runaway in their home and selling her for sex.

Now, the mother of another prostitute involved in the case is speaking exclusively to Eyewitness News.

Lauren DeFranco has the story.

Wayne Taylor has been suspended following some very serious and disturbing criminal charges.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the 35-year-old Taylor, a 14-year veteran, forced a runaway teen to have have sex with 20 men at private parties in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Lillie Tudi says her daughter was also victimized by Taylor. But now, Crystal Tudi is also in trouble with the law.

"She was taken away from us, taken away just like that," Lillie Tudi said. "By a cop."

Lillie says losing her daughter to a life of prostitution was heartbreaking. But the pain turned to anger when she learned the man allegedly acting as her daughter's pimp was a New York City detective.

"If you're under cover, you should be getting the pimps," she said. "Not being a pimp yourself."

But the 18-year-old Tudi is facing serious charges, along with Taylor and his girlfriend, Zelika Brown, also known as Madam Z.

They are accused of running a lucrative business, selling teenage girls for sex at parties and dance clubs.

"They brainwash these children," Lillie said. "They brainwash these kids, and all these kids can see is luxury."

Investigators say it was one of those kids, a 13-year-old runaway, who led police to Taylor. Prosecutors say Tudi was in charge of the girl and forced her to have sex with strangers.

"The 13-year-old is taken to a party at a barbershop, where she's forced to engage in sexual intercourse and oral sex with a number of men," Brown said. "She was forced to turn over the money that she makes to the defendants."

Taylor and Zelika Brown allegedly held the girl in his South Jamaica home. The two have been charged with kidnapping, promoting prostitution, assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Both pleaded not guilty. They were unable to post bail of $250,000. If convicted they each face up to 25 years in prison.

"This has got to be one of the worse cases of human-trafficking and child abuse that I have seen in long time," Brown said.

The girl escaped, and she is now back with her family.

More Background on the Investigation:

Eyewitness News is told that the investigation began on January 18, when the girl told her family that she'd met a man who brought her to a house of prostitution somewhere Queens.

The girl was reported missing from her Brooklyn home by her family on January 11. She alleges she was sold to a pimp for $500, and taken around the city to parties when she was forced into prostitution by a man she knew only as "Shawn."

The girl claims she was eventually shuffled among three pimps before managing to escape. Authorities say she returned to her family, who reported the incident to police. The investigation eventually was referred to internal affairs when the girl identified a vehicle that was traced to Detective Taylor.

Police say Taylor joined the force in 1994. He was assigned to the Housing Bureau, and worked in the Bronx and in Queens.

He was arrested in Queens.

A police source tells Eyewitness News that the detective had previously been on modified duty unspecified infractions. The same source referred to Taylor as "a bad, bad guy."

The detective was reportedly arrested during a police stakeout of his house. Sources say he left with two females, one identified as a prostitute and the other a madame. The three were allegedly en route to a party at a Holiday Inn in Queens.

"This case is every parent and every child's worst nightmare, made even more frightening by the fact that one of the defendants is a police officer who swore to uphold the law and protect the community he serves," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. "The case will be vigorously prosecuted."

Brown said Zelika Brown, of 173-37 Vaswani Avenue in Queens, was also arrested. She and Taylor each face 25 years in prison if convicted.

According to the charges, the victim ran away on January 10 and met an individual known as "Drama," who offered to get her into the business of dancing for money at parties.

Thereafter, it is alleged Drama brought the girl to Brown, who later told the victim that she had "purchased" her for $500 to work as a prostitute.

The victim was then allegedly introduced to Taylor, who she was told was Brown's husband.

At the time of her arrest, Brown, who has a tattoo on her back that reads "Wayne," allegedly made statements to police that she was running a prostitution business and that the victim and other women performed sex with men for money. She said Taylor would watch out for her while the girls were prostituting themselves.

In his own statement to police, Taylor allegedly said that he drove Brown, who he claimed ran an exotic dance business, and that he routinely drove the dancers around to parties.


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