Illinois Couple Accused of Prostituting Teen Girl


A 13-year-old girl forced into prostitution by a couple sought help on a social media website while one of her captors was away buying clothes for her to use in strip dances, prosecutors say.

Cook County Judge Darron Bowden called the charges against Ambrosia Clemons, 36, “basically pimping” after setting his bond Wednesday at $750,000.

Prosecutors said the Galesburg man and Kearita Ladd, 23, of Chicago, who appeared only briefly in Bowden’s Markham courtroom, forced the teen to have sex with them before prostituting her to more than 10 unknown men over several days in December. They also forced her to dance at three area strip clubs, prosecutors said.

Clemons and Ladd are charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery and aggravated sexual servitude of a minor, according to Cook County court records.

Ladd is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

On Dec 6, the girl escaped with another person from Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, a private behavioral health and addiction treatment center, prosecutors said.

The teen and the other person eventually went to a beauty supply store in Lansing and then with the two defendants to a Lansing hotel, prosecutors said. While the victim did not know either defendant, the other person did know Clemons, prosecutors said.

While at the hotel, Ladd allegedly forced the victim to have sex with her, and Clemons made the victim have sex with him, prosecutors said. The other person had left before the sex occurred, prosecutors said.

From Dec. 9 to Dec. 13, Clemons allegedly made the teenager have sex with multiple men for money, prosecutors said.

The defendants also allegedly took the girl to local strip clubs to perform Dec. 11 to 12, prosecutors said. The victim allegedly was told by the defendants to tell strip club staff that she was born in 1998, prosecutors said.

“She lied to us about her age,” Clemons claimed as he was escorted out of the courtroom.

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Source: Chicago Tribune | Nick Swedberg, Daily Southtown