RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - A 19-year-old Richland, Wash., man has been accused of using a 16-year-old girl for prostitution.
The Tri-City Herald reports that Jessien Malik Perry has been charged with sexual exploitation in Benton Superior Court. He plead not guilty and is scheduled for a Sept. 28 trial.
According to police and prosecutors, Perry knew the girl he sent to dance partially nude and have sex for money with men was underage. Authorities say Perry kept a portion of the money the girl earned and took promotional pictures of the girls.
Perry - who ran a business called "509's finest" - was arrested after sending two dancers to motel ordered by undercover police.
He was already in custody on an unrelated assault case and for violating a protection order.
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