An alleged prostitute spoke up in a Manhattan courtroom to defend the father-son duo that supposedly pimped out her and four other women.
Wearing white slacks, a white zip-up jacket and high-heeled sandals, Desiree Ellis waved her turquoise nails at the rest of the courtroom as she spoke on behalf of Vincent George Sr., 56, and Vincent George Jr., 34.
Before she addressed the court, one of the Georges lawyer had his say.
“Of course they are trying to recruit prostitutes,” George Sr.’s lawyer, Howard Greenberg, told Judge Ruth Pickholz during his opening. “That’s a given in this case . . . So what? Big deal.”
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He added, “These women, simply put, worked as hoes because they wanted to. They are not victims.” After this remark, Ellis smiled and waved.
“I’m not a victim towards anything, and I think the best way to show and prove that is for me to be here,” Ellis said.
The other four women who the George family supposedly used as prostitutes have also vowed to testify on their behalves.
According to prosecutors, the men operated a two-state prostitution ring. They would refer to the women as “animals,” brand them with tattoos and threaten them with violence. Prosecutor Kim Han said the women were thought of as “domesticated sex work horses.”
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“I just sent three of my animals out, so let’s see what the wolves are doing tonight,” one of the men allegedly said on a recorded phone call.
One problem that authorities are facing is that the lead detective in the case testified that her notes and other evidence she collected is missing. It is beloved to have been lost in Hurricane Sandy.