Elizabeth man indicted for human trafficking in Parsippany

prosecutorWendy Archelus, who is a man, 22, Elizabeth,  was indicted today for first-degree human trafficking for allegedly recruiting a teenage girl to work as a prostitute in Parsippany, according to NJ.com.

He was serving as a combination “driver and pimp” for the 17-year-old girl, Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez said at a bail hearing following his arrest on October 17, 2013.

Archelus “did knowingly hold, recruit, hire, entice, harbor or transport a child under 18 to engage in sexual activity,” according to the indictment. The indictment handed up by a Morris County grand jury also charged Archelus with promoting prostitution and child endangerment.

He is being held in the Morris County jail on $200,000 bail.  He was employed at a Restaurant in Irvington.

Archelus was arrested by Parsippany Police after he gave the girl a phone number she used to set up a meeting with a police officer posing as a john and he drove her to Parsippany hotel.