Feds: Woman Trafficked Vermont Girls to NYC
Dec. 14, 2001 -- -- A Burlington, Vt., woman accused of luring a dozen girls and young women from Vermont to work as prostitutes in New York City pleaded not guilty today.
Beverly Holland, 39, was charged in an 11-count federal indictment filed Thursday that bears striking similarity to another Burlington-to-the-Bronx sex ring in which a 16-year-old Vermont girl was killed last January.
Thursday's indictment alleges that Holland used an apartment in Burlington to solicit and train girls and young women to work for her as prostitutes in the New York City borough of the Bronx, where she rented another apartment. She appeared in U.S. District Court in Burlington today and is being held without bail.
Holland — who allegedly went by the street name "Candy" — brought at least 12 women and girls, six of whom were between 15 and 17 years old, to the Bronx from April 2000 until early 2001, prosecutors say.
She would put them up by day in the apartment, and take them out to solicit sex at night, the indictment says. She allegedly often took the girls to an area near the Queensborough Bridge connecting Manhattan and Queens, where men cruised for prostitutes, then kept an eye on them as they worked the streets.
If the girls refused to prostitute themselves, according to the indictment, Holland would tell them the only way they could get a bus ticket back to Vermont was by earning money through sex..
Holland allegedly also had the girls give the men who paid them for sex business cards that read, "Candy's Girls — Entertainment for All Occasions," and included the telephone number of the Bronx apartment.
In one instance, Holland allegedly learned that the parents of one girl were looking for her, so she told the girl to call her mother and tell her she was staying with a friend in Rutland, Vt. Holland allegedly made the girl work the streets that night, then sent her home to her parents in the morning.
The case bears striking similarities to the death of Christal Jones, who was found smothered in rundown apartment on Zerega Avenue in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx.