Missing Boston teen found working at Providence strip club

stripper
A missing Boston teen was found with a convicted sex trafficker at a Providence strip club. Credit: Rodrigo Della Fávera/Wikipedia

A 15-year-old Boston girl who had gone missing was found working at a Providence strip club over the weekend. She was accompanied by a convicted sex offender who has previously served time for running a teen prostitution ring.

Troy Footman, 51, of Seekonk, is charged with sex trafficking, and is under investigation for recruiting teenage girls from Boston to work as exotic dancers and prostitutes, Providence Police Major David Lapatin told the Providence Journal.

According to police, the teen solicited undercover cops for sex when they entered the strip club Cheaters.

The girl had a Delaware state ID that showed her to be over 21, as well as an ID from Boston College, the ProJo reports. She showed both to the strip club management before her employment began, the club’s representative David C. Tapalian said. The club’s manager has color copies of both IDs.

“This is an unfortunate incident and we applaud the respective state and federal agencies in the arrest of the alleged perpetrator,” Tapalian said in an emailed statement. “At Cheaters they only hire girls 18 years or above and always check two forms of id.”

Another teen, from Brockton, was found in Footman’s motel room.

Attorney General Martha Coakley, who co-sponsored the human trafficking bill, told the Boston Herald that whether the case lands in state or federal court will depend on whether the alleged trafficker crossed borders.

“You want to find the jurisdiction for the best punishment available for the crime, but until we get the facts for this case, we won’t know that,” Coakley, who is not currently involved in the case, told the Herald. “The most important thing right now is making sure the young women are safe. As we move forward and enforce our new statute, it gives us better tools for punishment. We can always work with the federal government to get the best outcome for the case and the victim.”

Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Local

African couple claiming misidentification in robbery case to…

At a bail hearing today for Vickson and Lorfu Korlewala, charged in the robbery of an 80-year-old woman, bail was reduced from $1 million total to $500,000.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.