Twin teenage brothers from south suburban Dolton forced teenage girls to have sex with strangers, pocketed the cash proceeds and beat at least one girl who was uncooperative
, authorities allege.
and Tyrelle Lockett
, both 17, are each charged with trafficking in persons for forced labor or services, involuntary sexual servitude of a minor and involuntary servitude — all felonies, the Cook County Sheriff's office said.
The investigation started Friday when sheriff’s detectives responded to an ad on Backpage, a Web site similar to craigslist for selling merchandise and seeking services. The ad promised sex for cash and provided a picture of a girl who turned out to be one of the teenage victims, the release said.
Through e-mails, the officers arranged to meet the girl at a hotel. When undercover officers arrived, they saw Tyrelle Lockett standing in front of the hotel with the teenage girl. When the officer went into the designated hotel room and met the girl, there were obvious and visible signs she had been a victim of repeated violence, the release said.
After an agreement was reached to exchange sex for cash, the officer took the girl into custody. Nearby officers arrested Tyrelle Lockett, who had nearly all of the girl’s personal items. Investigators learned he refused to allow her to access any of it unless she performed the acts he demanded.
A weekend investigation led to the arrest of his brother, Myrelle Lockett. At that time, officers also found another teenage girl being trafficked by Myrelle Lockett.
Through interviews and tracking of the brothers’ online and phone activity, investigators alleged the brothers had been trafficking teenage girls through various hotels throughout the south suburbs. Ads posted for the girls included rates as high as $300 an hour, though investigators learned the victims usually only a portion of the money — or none at all.