Two Troy residents face sex-trafficking charges for allegedly plying a woman with heroin and then selling her for sex, Albany County Sheriff’s officials said.
Elijah B. Richardson, 19, and Jakia J. York, 19, could go to prison for up to 25 years if convicted of sex trafficking, a class B felony.
Sheriff’s officials began investigating Tuesday, when they received a tip about an endangered 21-year-old Lewis County resident.
The victim told a friend she was being forced into prostitution and that she was being held in a motel in Colonie.
Investigators soon learned she was being advertised online. They contacted the number listed on the website and were directed to the Super 8 Motel on Central Avenue.
They met with the woman later Tuesday and she directed them to Richardson and York. A search of their motel room, two doors down from the woman’s, uncovered 20 bags of heroin and $1,800 in cash.
Richardson and York face multiple drug counts along with the trafficking charge. The two were arraigned and ordered held without bail.
Anyone with information on the case or similar cases is asked to contact the Albany County Sheriff’s Department tip line at 720-8075.