By David Israel | 14 December 2018
JEWISH PRESS — Nineteen individuals were charged on Thursday by federal prosecutors of participating in a sex-trafficking ring that exploited women and girls as young as 13 years old, residents of Hawthorne Cedar Knolls, a facility for emotionally disturbed teenagers in Westchester County, operated by the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, the NY Times reported.
Chris Giglio, a spokesman for the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, told the Times that the agency, is cooperating with federal investigators.
None of the defendants were staff members of Hawthorne. However, the facility, which is in the process of closing down, has been blamed for its failure to keep teenagers from running away, and falling prey to abusers. […]