The mother of missing cheerleader Corinna Slusser desperately begged a pimp for answers about the whereabouts of her daughter Tuesday as he was jailed for 15 years for his role in sex trafficking the youngster.
Ishi Woney pleaded guilty to numerous charges, including sex trafficking a minor and using an interstate facility to promote, manage, and carry on prostitution, The New York Post reports.
As he was sentenced a sobbing Sabina Tuorto, Slusser’s mother, cried out: ‘Where is Corinna? Is she dead or alive? Who is the last person he handed her off to?’
She begged: ‘Please, Ishi, disclose where my child is.’
Woney, 24, who was not required to answer, stood up and replied: ‘Honestly, I don’t know. I never passed her off to anybody.’
‘Is she dead or alive? I’m honestly not sure, but I pray she’s alive,’ he added.
Sabina Tuorto, left, desperately begged a pimp for answers in the case of her missing daughter, Corinna Slusser, right, as he was jailed for 15 years on Tuesday
Ishi Woney, 24, pictured, was not required to answer but stood up and replied: ‘Honestly, I don’t know. I never passed her off to anybody.’ ‘Is she dead or alive? I’m honestly not sure, but I pray she’s alive’. He was jailed for 15 years after pleading guilty to numerous charges
Corinna was just 19 years old when she vanished from New York City in September 2017. Woney was arrested in 2018, accused of trafficking the teen and others.
Tuorto told Manhattan federal Judge Lorna Schofield she spends her nights ‘scouring the internet for a trace of Corinna’, adding: ‘She wasn’t a girl no one cared about, she wasn’t trash to be thrown away.’
According to a complaint against Woney, he had been using both Corinna and the second female victim in online advertisements promoting prostitution.
Investigators had said Woney posted an online advertisement offering a ‘two girl special’ along with a photo of Corinna and the other female victim.
Sabina said in December last year she was convinced that her daughter is being held against her will.
‘I know that if she was capable she would have called me,’ she said. ‘She’s being controlled. I don’t know what they’ve done to her, whether she’s on drugs or mentally unstable or whatever. But I know she’s not herself.’
She said: ‘She’s a clever girl, but she’s from a small town. She doesn’t have the street knowledge to survive out there.’
Corinna, pictured, was just 19-years-old when she vanished from New York City in September 2017. Woney was arrested in 2018, accused of trafficking the teen and others
Mother-of-two Tuorto told Manhattan federal Judge Lorna Schofield she spends her nights ‘scouring the internet for a trace of her daughter’, pictured. Corinna was active on social media right up until her disappearance
Cheerleader Corinna was last seen in the early morning hours of September 20 at the Haven Motel on Woodhaven Boulevard in the Rego Park section of Queens
Corinna was active on social media right up until her disappearance when she was last seen in the early morning hours of September 20 at the Haven Motel on Woodhaven Boulevard in the Rego Park section of Queens.
She had moved to New York City just weeks earlier, and it is thought that she had been staying at a seedy motel in the Bronx that is known for prostitution.
Her family believe that she had been groomed by pimps while living in her small hometown of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and had been lured to New York to become a prostitute.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com last year, Sabina described Corinna as a happy child growing up and said she had been close to her daughter until just shortly before her disappearance.
‘If it could happen to Corinna it could happen to anyone,’ she said. ‘We live in a small, safe town. You just don’t expect this sort of thing to happen here.
Mother-of-two Sabina described how she raised Corinna and her brother Justin, who is now a married father serving in the Marines, by herself but she made sure they never wanted for anything.
She said: ‘I was a single mother but my kids were happy. Corinna was a cheerleader, she ran track. She had lots of friends and was always doing their hair and makeup. Even if she wasn’t going out herself, she’d help them get ready.’
She says she now realizes that Corinna, was speaking to ‘bad people’ on social media, who she believes later lured her to New York.
‘Everything went downhill so quickly,’ she said. ‘Corinna made enemies. She stopped speaking to her friends. They would see pictures of her on Snapchat smoking and with guns.
‘She got in trouble for underage drinking, and we started fighting. Next thing, she’s moving to New York. I couldn’t stop her, she was an adult.
‘She didn’t like living in a small town. I guess she was running away from that life. I never would have suspected prostitution though, it just didn’t cross my mind back then.’
A more recent photo from 2018 of sex trafficking victim Corinna Slusser, left, shows the formerly blond, blue-eyed girl looking dramatically thinner with darker hair. Woney appears to be the man in the photo with Corinna
According to the complaint against Woney, he had been using Corinna and the second victim in online advertisements promoting prostitution. He pleaded guilty to numerous charges
Sabina now believes that Corinna had initially been working as an escort, as she had been posting on social media about going on dates with men for money.
On September 8 2017, just days before she vanished, Corinna posted photos on Twitter of a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment on Grand Concourse in the Jerome Park section of The Bronx with a monthly rent of $750.
She tweeted: ‘My first apartment all to myself in NYC!!! Never been more happier in my life. Forver [sic] dream accomplished.’
‘I don’t know where she would have got the money to pay for that,’ Sabina said. ‘She didn’t have a job. But she must have been earning it somehow.’
Corinna is pictured with her Marine brother Justin in February 2015
Corinna’s last Instagram post, dated September 10, was a photo tagged in the Bronx. It shows a woman smoking what appears to be marijuana with the caption: ‘cyphin mid day mid road is always good for the soul.’
‘Cyphin’ is New York City slang for passing a marijuana blunt around a circle.
‘I can’t go on for ten years like this,’ Tuorto said last year. ‘The not knowing is just unbearable. I don’t know if she is alive, but I can only hope that she is.
‘Somebody out there must know something.’