Four traffickers ‘sold a 13-year-old runaway girl to hundreds of men for sex and dubbed her “breadmaker” for the amount of money she earned them
- Racquel Bijou, 19, Jeremiah Horenstein, 22, Ashton Lewinson, 25, and Souprina Blanc, 27, charged with sex trafficking a minor
- Suspects are accused of selling a 13-year-old for sex to hundreds of men, some as old as 50, in just over a month
- On one evening in early June, the 13-year-old had sexual encounters with six different johns in a span of three hours, records indicate
- Girl was rescued from alleged traffickers in June, just weeks after she ran away from home because she was ‘bored’
Authorities in Florida have broken up a sex trafficking ring that is accused of selling a 13-year-old runaway girl for sex to hundreds of men in a matter of a few weeks.
The suspects were reportedly so impressed with how much money the girl earned them that they dubbed her ‘breadmaker.
The young victim was rescued from the suspected traffickers in June.
Between mid-August and late November, law enforcement officials arrested the four suspects linked to the prostitution ring, indented as 19-year-old Racquel Bijou, 22-year-old Jeremiah Horenstein, 25-year-old Ashton Lewinson and 27-year-old Souprina Blanc.
Racquel Bijou, 19 (left and right), from Florida, was arrested in August and charged with sex trafficking a minor. Bijou is accused of turning a 13-year-old runaway to prostitution
Officials say Bijou later brought in Jeremiah Horenstein, 22 (pictured) and another man to help operate the prostitution ring
All four were charged with sex trafficking a minor, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
According to federal court records obtained by Sun-Sentinel, the 13-year-old girl told authorises she ran away from her Tamarac, Florida, home in May because she was ‘bored.’ Her family reported her missing within days of her disappearance.
A short time later, the child met Bijou at a party, and the 19-year-old allegedly offered to help the young runaway make some money by become a prostitute.
According to the documents, Bijou made arrangements for the 13-year-old girl to meet men for sex, some as old as 50, multiple times a day.
On June 4, the child had sexual encounters with six johns in a span of three hours, according to the records.
After Bijou and Horenstein had a falling out, the 13-year-old girl went to work for Souprina Blanc, 27 (pictured)
Bijou later invited Horenstein and Lewinson to join the sex trafficking operation to help advertise the child’s services as a prostitute online and set up rendezvous with clients, according to authorities.
Between May and June, the child had sex for money with hundreds of men, earning her the nickname ‘breadmaker’ from Horenstein, according to the documents.
At one point, the girl sent a relative a text message saying she had had sex with ‘so many people.’ The concerned family member alerted the authorities, eventually leading to the suspected traffickers’ arrests.
After the business relationship between Bijou and Horenstein soured, the 13-year-old went to work as a prostitute for Blanc, who allegedly went on to arrange at least a half-dozen sexual encounters with men at Airbnb rentals.
The criminal enterprise unravelled in June, when officials acting on the tip from the victim’s relative tracked her phone and found her at an Airbnb property in Miami.
Bijou (pictured) pleaded guilty last month to sex trafficking
After taking the child into custody, police and federal agents raided the house and found Blanc in the living room.
A further search of the property turned up a naked woman in the bedroom and a naked man hiding in the shower.
Bijou and Horenstein were arrested on August 15. Lewinson was apprehended on November 21, and Blanc was arrested last week. All four are being held without bond.
Bijou pleaded guilty to sex trafficking on November 19.