A North Carolina woman is on trial for allegedly forcing a 12-year-old girl into prostitution over a two-year period, transporting the girl to houses, apartments and hotels where the girl would have sex with adult men.
Flora Riano Gonzales, 39, of Winston-Salem, faces charges of human trafficking, sexual servitude and two counts of felony child abuse involving prostitution and sexual acts.
During opening statements Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney Kia Chavious contended that the girl was raped and sexually abused from January 2011 to January 2014. Gonzalez facilitated meetings between the girl and a man named Armando Graciano, who raped the girl and allowed other men to rape her.
Multiple charges are pending against Graciano, including felonious restraint, two counts of indecent liberties with a child, statutory rape, human trafficking and sexual servitude.
Chavious detailed how Graciano made arrangements for the girl to have sex with men for money. Gonzalez claimed to have become upset over the amount of money the girl was making and she cut Graciano out of the deal.
After the girl became pregnant, Gonzalez filed a report with Winston-Salem police, alleging that the girl had been sexually assaulted. Prosecutors argued that, prior to meeting with police, Gonzalez coached the girl so she would not reveal Gonzalez’s involvement in prostitution.
According to Chavious, Gonzalez reported the sexual abuse in order to obtain a free abortion for the girl.
The girl eventually reported the forced prostitution to the police, and Gonzalez was arrested January 29, 2016, according to the police report.
Gonzalez’s attorney, Lisa Costner, agreed that the girl was sexually assaulted, but argued that Gonzalez did not force the girl into prostitution.
The trial is ongoing.
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