BROOKLYN (CN) – A mother says a former NYPD detective pimped out her 13-year-old daughter and forced her to dance naked at parties and have sex with “as many as eight or nine men” in a single night. The girl says Det. Wayne Taylor “bought” her for $500 and threatened to arrest her for prostitution if she didn’t follow his orders.
H.H. and her mother sued the City of New York, the New York Police Department and Wayne S. Taylor in Federal Court.
Taylor was arrested and pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping and promoting prostitution in 2008, according to the complaint and to contemporary news reports. He served more than 3 years before he was paroled in January.
H.H. says Taylor, a longtime NYPD officer and detective, “was known by the defendants NYPD and city to have had improper relationships with prostitutes, including prostitutes who were minors. Indeed, prior to the events at issue in this complaint, Taylor was disciplined by the NYPD in relation to having had an improper relationship with an under-age prostitute.”
She adds: “Taylor had been assigned to the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau, a notoriously corrupt and poorly supervised bureau that was scandalized by the arrests of dozens of its officers for corruption and worse.”
But the city kept Taylor on the job despite his shady record, H.H. says.
She says she met Taylor and his girlfriend, Zalika Brown, in January 2008. She says Taylor was accompanied by other women, “named ‘Crystal,’ ‘Honey,’ and ‘Muffin,’ who appeared to be prostitutes.”
The complaint continues: “At the time, H.H. was 13 years old.
“Thereafter, Taylor told H.H. that she had been ‘sold’ to Taylor and Brown for $500.
“Taylor threatened H.H. that if she would not do as he directed and work as a prostitute, performing sex acts for money, he would use his power as a police officer to have her arrested for prostitution, and that if she did as he instructed she would have no problems with the police.
“Taylor then took H.H. to various places where she was forced to dance naked for men and to have sex with them in exchange for money paid by the men to Taylor and Brown.
“Taylor set prices of $40 for oral sex and $80 for intercourse and instructed H.H. to give her age as 19 if asked.
“If H.H. would refuse to dance or engage in sex acts as directed, she would be beaten by Taylor and Brown.
“On one occasion, H.H. was required to attend a party in a barber shop where she was forced to have sexual intercourse with as many as eight or nine men.”
H.H. says Taylor and Brown drove her to “numerous parties in Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, where she was forced to dance and engage in sex act with numerous men while Taylor and Brown pocketed the money the men paid. Every day that H.H. was with Taylor and Brown they beat her repeatedly and threatened to arrest her if she disobeyed them.
“Taylor and Brown forced H. H. to perform sex acts with other female prostitutes and photographed those sex acts. It is unknown to plaintiff at this time whether these photographs were posted on the Internet or sold to dealers in child pornography.”
Brown is not named as a defendant.
H.H. says on Jan. 24, 2008, Taylor sold her to another pimp named “Pretty Tony,” who “passed” her to his nephew, who released her.
She says the NYPD failed to properly supervise and investigate Taylor, despite his past misconduct, and allowed him to abuse his status as a police officer to work as a pimp.
“Had it not been for Taylor’s status as a police detective, his gun, badge and handcuffs, his power to make arrests, and his intimate relationship with the NYPD that enabled him to avoid investigation for pimping, the horrific captivity, rape and sexual slavery of the plaintiff H.H. could never have happened,” the complaint states.
H.H. seeks $25 million in damages for assault, battery, false imprisonment and negligent hiring and supervision.
She is represented by Robert Tolchin with The Berkman Law Office.