Two teenage girls were sexually trafficked by a woman they met at a behavioral and mental health facility in Milwaukee, according to a criminal complaint.
The two girls first met Kendra Bey at Milwaukee Academy, where she was employed as a youth worker from July 2015 through October 2015. Milwaukee Academy is a residential treatment facility for girls who have psychiatric issues or who have been victims of abuse, including sex trafficking.
Bey, 27, of Milwaukee, has been charged with two counts of trafficking a child and one count of receiving compensation for trafficking.
Her alleged accomplice, 21-year-old Samaria Williams of Milwaukee, has been charged with one count of trafficking a child and one count of receiving compensation for trafficking.
The older of the two teenagers girls, now 20 years old, was placed in foster care after she was discharged from Milwaukee Academy. She ran away from the foster home and met back up with the younger student, who is now 19, according to the criminal complaint.
At that time, Bey and Williams drove the two girls to Chicago to be trafficked. The older girl told police she was still 15 at the time, according to the complaint.
Bey and Williams arranged the “dates” for the two girls. The older girl estimated she went on five “dates” while in Chicago, and that she gave all of the money — between $1,500 and $2,000 — to Bey, according to the criminal complaint.
Bey and Williams also took them to Madison, Iowa, Tennessee and Minnesota. During these trips, the 15-year-old said she would make between $1,500 and $2,000 — all of which would go to Bey and Williams, according to the complaint.
The older girl said she continued to work for Bey and Williams until she was 17, when she got tired of giving them all her money. She said she knew she had to give them her money or she would get beat up, according to the complaint.
Bey and Williams provided the girl with a place to stay, along with clothing, manicures, hair styling and food. The girl eventually learned that her prostitution was paying for Bey and Williams’ entire lifestyle, including their condos, according to the complaint.
The older girl said the first time she started having sexual intercourse with customers was at Williams’ Brown Deer condominium at 5901 W. Brown Deer Road, according to the complaint.
In the Brown Deer condo, Bey and Williams learned to scam men by taking their money and then telling them to go out to purchase a condom. While the man was gone, the women would go to a different apartment or not let the men back in, according to the complaint.
The older girl said Bey and Williams eventually stopped being friends, so she moved in with Williams. With Williams, she needed to make $500 per day, which usually meant three to four “dates” per day, according to the complaint.
The older girl said both Bey and Williams beat her up. In April 2017, she said they made her strip completely nude and locked her in the bedroom for the night. The next day, they let her go. She said she has not talked to Bey or Williams since May 2017.
When investigators interviewed the younger girl, she said she and the older girl were “on the run,” staying at her sister’s house, when Bey reached out to them and invited them to live with her near 31st and Wells streets, according to the complaint.
She said Bey and another woman told them they were going to drive to Iowa to go dancing or stripping. Once in Iowa, Bey and the other woman told the two girls they would be having sex for money, according to the complaint.
The younger girl said she had about 10 “dates” in Iowa, and earned about $150 to $400 per date. The two girls were sometimes advertised as a “two girl special,” which cost about $400 to $500, according to the complaint.
They were told they would get half of the money once they returned to Milwaukee, but instead Bey and the other female kept the money, according to the complaint.
If convicted on all three counts, Bey could be sentenced to more than 90 years in prison.
Milwaukee Academy conducted a criminal background check when Bey was hired, but she did not have any criminal charges or convictions at that time, according to David Fritsch, president of Clinicare Corp., which operates Milwaukee Academy.
If Williams is convicted on both of her charges, she could be sentenced to more than 50 years in prison.
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