BROOKLYN, NY — A Flatbush man who pleaded guilty to sex trafficking two teenage girls last year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, prosecutors announced this week.
Hakeem Bennett, 24, was ordered Wednesday to register as a sex offender, five years of post-release supervision and a total of 10 years in prison — eight for sex trafficking charges and two for weapons charges.
The sentencing comes several months after Bennett was first arrested for selling two girls, aged 15 and 17, from a Flatbush building. Cops and the FBI used an undercover sting operation to catch Bennet in the act, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
“This defendant, who took advantage of two vulnerable young girls, trafficking them for money in exchange for sex, has now been brought to justice,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said. “I am committed to rescuing and protecting our at-risk children and teens from predators who are intent on exploiting and abusing them.”
The NYPD launched their investigation into Bennett in September after receiving an FBI tip, prosecutors said.
An undercover cop reached out to Bennett on Oct. 3 through a number he put on an escort advertisement, which included photographs of three girls, including a missing 17-year-old and the 15-year-old, prosecutors said.
Investigators would later discover that Bennett had been selling both the teenage girls for sex for several weeks through the online escort ads.
Bennett would pretend to be one of the girls when he got a call, send one of the teens to meet up with the customer and have the customer send him payments directly through payment apps, prosectors said.
The cop who reached out to Bennett was directed to come to an East 29th Street building where the 15-year-old girl met him and took him to Bennett at a nearby house, prosecutors said.
Bennett, who was standing guard over the 17-year-old, said it would cost $250 to have sex with both girls, according to prosecutors.
Law enforcement quickly swooped in as the undercover cop, teens and Bennett left the building and locked him in handcuffs.