Defendant Forced Prostitutes To Get Tattooed With His “Brand;” Sex Workers Were Given Cocaine, Held Captive
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that a Bronx man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a Criminal Sex Act and Promoting Prostitution stemming from a sex trafficking operation that held young women captive in a Bronx apartment.
District Attorney Clark said, “The defendant treated young women not only as sex slaves, but like animals, getting them tattooed with his initial and year of birth. He forced the victim in this case to perform a sex act on him, and threatened her when she wanted to leave the sex trade. He will serve 12 years, and we hope his victim will be able to reclaim her life.”
District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Glen Bowman, 42, of 1850 Cross Bronx Expressway Extension, was sentenced yesterday, March 22, 2017, by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary to 12 years in prison with five years post-release supervision and must register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty on February 15, 2017 to first-degree Criminal Sexual Act, and third-degree Promoting Prostitution. The judge issued a full final order of protection against the defendant, valid until March 21, 2037.
According to the investigation, Bowman and a co-defendant, Jessica Copeland, forced the victim and other young women to engage in sex for money at Bronx motels and got the women hooked on cocaine. Copeland pleaded guilty to sex trafficking on January 13, 2017 and was sentenced to two to three years in prison.
In July 2012, the victim, then 19, was made to get a tattoo on her arm depicting a stack of money with “GDT” and “established 1975” written on it. The “GDT” stands for Glen, Diamond, Tamia, the name of the defendant and two of his children. The 1975 stands for the year the defendant was born.
At the sentencing hearing, the victim read an impact statement that said in part, “You are a monster. The way you treated me and many others like me is inhumane. We are people not property! We are not dogs, ATMs, sex slaves or whatever else you think we are.….. You have ruined so many lives, so many, but not mine.”