Lily Noelle Karolyi, 20, was arrested yesterday on charges she forced a 14-year-old girl into prostitution at a Hialeah motel, made her have sex with multiple unknown men, and then kept the profits for herself. A friend, Latasha Renee Hunt, 30, was also arrested for contributing to the scheme.
Police say Karolyi met the young victim at the Crossway Motel in Hialeah. Karolyi was staying there with her 8-month-old child and her boyfriend. She told the girl she could stay with them, but only if she helped to earn her keep.
What Karolyi had in mind was sex work. So she threw out the girl's school uniform and enlisted the help of Hunt to give her a makeover. The women bought the girl new clothes. Hunt offered a wig to make the girl appear older. They then took photos of the girl while instructing her on how to pose and posted them on Backpage.com, police say.
The teen then had sex with several johns. All together she brought in $600, but Karolyi kept the money for herself.
A 16-year-old witness was aware of the situation and told police. They arrested Karolyi, Hunt, and Karolyi's boyfriend. Karolyi's own infant child is now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.
Karolyi stands charged with human trafficking, child neglect, interference of custody, renting a space for prostitution, contributing to the delinquency of a child, and possession of a controlled substance. Police found Xanax on Karolyi. Though just 20, this is not Karolyi's first run-in with the law. She has been arrested in 2014 on charges of cocaine and marijuana possession. In 2013, she was also booked for similar possession charges as well as trespassing and drinking in public on Miami Beach.
Hunt faces charges of failing to report child abuse, giving a false name, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
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