Denise Coronado appeared in court Monday for forcing a teen into prostitution
Denise Coronado, who also goes by the name “Bones Marie,” allegedly forced a 14-year-old runaway to have sex with more than 20 men earlier this month.
Prosecutors said during a hearing the victim told officers that she was walking down a street when she was suddenly grabbed and thrown into a van, Fox 26 reported.
The girl, whose identity was not released, spent five days in a wooded area before being transported to a Houston motel where she met Coronado and a male accomplice.
Coronado took photos of the teen in lingerie, posted them on Backpage.com and arranged for men to come have sex with the girl.
During the week the girl spent in prostitution, she was allegedly threatened by Coronado and burnt with a cigarette.
According to the Houston Chronicle reported that while the girl was being held captive she was able to get ahold of a cellphone and contacted her family seeking rescue from her abductors.
Days after reaching out to her family, the teen escaped with the help of two people, who supposedly took her to another motel. Investigators tracked the phone the she used to contact her family to the Houston motel.
“We’re not going to tolerate human traffickers, pimps or pimpettes enslaving our kids, enslaving our people in our country,” said Ruben Perez, chief of the special crimes division.
Coronado is being held in the Harris County Jail on $100,000 bail. Police are still trying to locate the man accused of helping her.￼
Bones Marie on Facebook [left], facing the judge in court Monday [right], accused of forcing a 14-year-old into prostitution
“If this young girl is actually being held against her will, why was she allowed access to a telephone and able to get on Facebook?” said Joe David Wells. “If she was kidnapped, why did she go to another hotel instead of going home?”
He insinuated that the unidentified male who is accused of participating in the abduction and raping of the 14-year-old may have also been coercing Coronado.
“I have a feeling that, in the end, there might be two victims here and not just one,” he said. “Remember, my client is a teenager, also.”
Coronado has prior charges in Harris County of possession of marijuana and domestic assault and causing bodily injury. She pled guilty both times to the marijuana charge and to assault of a family member.
She remains in the Harris County Jail.