Three force Mass. girl to work as prostitute

A Vineland man and two others face weapons and child endangerment charges after they allegedly held a teenage girl against her will, forcing her to work as a prostitute in Atlantic City, according to police.

Officers in Absecon recovered the juvenile, a Massachusetts girl, Tuesday night from a Super Lodge Motel, on White Horse Pike, following a call from the teenager's mother stating her daughter had been kidnapped and was being held at the roadside motel.

The girl told officers her captors used a stun gun to force her into prostitution, working in Atlantic City.

The group had reportedly been moving around, staying in various motels for at least a week prior.

According to police, the alleged captors arrived at the motel room shortly after officers arrived, and were arrested without incident.

Javon R. Gordon, 26, of Vineland, faces one charge of unlawful possession of a weapon, a stun gun, and were lodged in Atlantic County Jail on $1,000 bail.

Colleen M. Stapleton, 18, of Somers Point, is charged with promoting prostitution and endangering the welfare of a child. She sits inside Atlantic County Jail on $1,000.

Police arrested Marlando S. Forrester, 25, of Pompano Beach, Fla., as a fugitive out of his home state.

Ho Ihn Shin, 34, from Philadelphia, was arrested on outstanding traffic warrants, processed and released.

The girl was treated and released from an area hospital and is now home in Massachusetts, according to a statement issued by the Absecon Police Department.

Police said the investigation will continue.

Authorities would not give out the exact age of the victim, or when she was first allegedly detained, stating only that she is under the age of 18.

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