Winston-Salem woman on trial on charges she forced 12-year-old into prostitution

A Winston-Salem woman forced a 12-year-old girl into prostitution over a two-year period, driving the girl to adult men at houses and apartment complexes so she would have sex with them, a Forsyth County prosecutor said Wednesday.

Flora Riano Gonzalez, 39, of the 1800 block of East 25th Street, is charged with human trafficking, sexual servitude and two counts of felony child abuse involving prostitution and sexual acts.

Assistant District Attorney Kia Chavious said in opening statements Wednesday that the girl was raped and sexually abused from January 2011 to January 2014. Gonzalez brought the girl to a man named Armando Graciano, who raped the girl and allowed other men to rape her, Chavious said.

Graciano is facing charges of felonious restraint, two counts of indecent liberties with a child, statutory rape, human trafficking and sexual servitude. His charges are still pending.

Graciano would make arrangements for the girl to have sex with men for money, Chavious said. At some point, Gonzalez was upset at the amount of money the girl was bringing in and cut Graciano out of the deal, she said.

Gonzalez drove the girl to apartment complexes, houses and motels to meet with adult men, she said.

The girl became pregnant, and Gonzalez went to Winston-Salem police to report that the girl had been sexually assaulted. Gonzalez coached the girl on what she would say to police to ensure that the girl would not tell about Gonzalez’s involvement in prostitution, the prosecution says.

Gonzalez reported the sexual abuse so that the girl would get a free abortion, Chavious said in court.

Eventually, the girl told Winston-Salem police that Gonzalez had forced her into prostitution, Chavious said.

Lisa Costner, Gonzalez’s attorney, said the girl was sexually assaulted but that Gonzalez did not have anything to do with selling the girl into prostitution. She urged the jury to consider the girl’s motivations in implicating Gonzalez.

The trial is expected to continue until the end of the week and possibly into next week.

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