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Man charged with human trafficking in Morris County

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS, NJ (Morris County) – A 28-year-old Essex County man was arrested and is facing several charges including human trafficking, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said in a news release Sunday.

Mcquacy Goodridge of West Orange has been charged with four counts of first-degree human trafficking, second-degree sexual assault, third-degree promoting prostitution, third-degree criminal coercion, and third-degree Terroristic Threats.

It is alleged that between March 2019 and August 15, 2020, Goodridge forced the 31-year-old female victim to engage in acts of prostitution. He is alleged to have transported her to different locations within Morris County to have her engage in acts of prostitution, and he collected the money received after the sexual acts were completed.

The victim stated that over the course of the past year, Goodridge emotionally and verbally abused her, and threatened physical harm. She also disclosed that on August 15, 2020, at a Parsippany-Troy Hills Township hotel, he threatened to harm her and her family if she did not get additional clients, and forcibly engaged in an act of sexual penetration with her, Knapp said.

Goodridge was lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment and Major Crimes Units, the Parsippany Troy Hills Police Department and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit and Emergency Response Team, assisted in the investigation.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is encouraged to call Det. Martyna Ruminska of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6303 or the Parsippany Troy Hills Police Department at (973) 263-4300.

Jay Edwards

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