April 15th, 2011
11:22 AM ET

1st person charged under Rhode Island trafficking statute

The first person charged under Rhode Island's human trafficking statute was sentence to 10 years this week, according to CNN affiliate WPRI.

Andy Fakhoury was accused of enslaving teen girls and forcing them into prostitution in Providence. 

In court, victim statements highlighted the torture the victims endured. "You brainwashed me into believing I was nothing. You made me feel worthless," reports WPRI.

Related: How California is fighting trafficking 

Topics: In The News

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  1. DeadMan

    Only 10 Years? What is this government coming to.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  2. Delmar H. Knudson

    If we were talking about justice; there would first be castration (the instruments need not be sharp or sterile), followed by torture. But, none of us are really asking for justice. I am partially satisfied with 10 years; though 20 would seem to be more appropriate.

    April 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  3. Tanjjie

    Why only 10 years for destroying these kids lives???!!! Is the judge a child molester and rapist too? Why do they protect these degenerates? You get more time for using/selling drugs than for destroying the lives of Multiple Children and Women?? Neither 10 nor 20 years is sufficient. He gave these kids a lifetime sentence of terror and no chance of a normal life EVER. He deserves the same, LIFE.

    April 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  4. Justin

    I'm glad CNN its jumping on this Subject, Please dont forget about Asia. I'm in Korea and someone have to come over here to document what still going on with the philippinas in the club!

    April 17, 2011 at 9:08 am | Reply
    • SalSal Gamboni drank the bong water

      The filipinas have a choice: sleeping on the street, making maybe 200 pesos ($4.50) a day working as a waitress or in retail (without benefits: restaurants and clubs and retailers fire them every 5 months to avoid giving benefits) , or working in the clubs and making a great deal more.

      Tough choices, but most I've talked to prefer the clubs. And all are of adult age.

      April 18, 2011 at 8:15 am | Reply
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  5. m

    Hmm, 10 years for enslaving teen "girls", which is plural. I'm assuming that he has enslaved more than one girl which means that they're getting LESS jail time for each count of sexual trafficking. According to other articles, Fakhoury along with his room mate, Defeis, have prostituted at least 3 women: a 16, 19 and 22 (still being investigated) yr old. Yeah, I'd say the new law isn't lenient enough to put these jokers out of business unless our judicial system has yet to convict them on the other victims. 10 years per count? That would then be justice.

    April 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  6. Lin

    The girls deserve financial compensation for the pain they went through at least. If it was 1500 dollar per night, then at least they should be compensated by 1500 x total nights + healing expenses for abuse.
    These girls had their lives destroyed, but it would help if they ended up with some money, not from donations or tax payers, but directly from the pimp. Because that's what they deserve.
    10 years in prison, doing nothing?? That's rediculous! They should be forced to work while they are prisoned. And the period of penalty should depende on when he can repay the debt.

    April 20, 2011 at 2:35 am | Reply
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