Suspected MS-13 gangbanger allegedly sex trafficked underage migrant in NYC after jumping bail in child abuse case

A suspected member of the notorious MS-13 street gang is accused of sex trafficking a 17-year-old migrant girl he recruited out of a Queens shelter — while still on the lam for allegedly fondling a 9-year-old girl years earlier.

Alfredo Morocho, 37, who was also hit with a bail jumping charge for skipping out on the 2018 child molestation case, is finally being held on Rikers Island without bail, according to officials and court records.

He is now charged with two counts of sex trafficking of a child, five counts of promoting prostitution and two counts of patronizing a person in prostitution in the new case.

Alfredo Morocho, 37, allegedly trafficked a 17-year-old migrant girl who was living in a Queens shelter, prosecutors said.
Alfredo Morocho, 37, allegedly trafficked a 17-year-old migrant girl who was living in a Queens shelter, prosecutors said.
Alfredo Morocho, 37, is accused of sex trafficking a 17-year-old migrant girl from this Corona apartment since November. Google Maps
Alfredo Morocho, 37, is accused of sex trafficking a 17-year-old migrant girl from this Corona apartment since November. Google Maps

“No child should ever be exploited,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement. “The underage victim in this case was preyed upon for financial gain.

“The defendant is also accused of having sex with the victim himself,” Katz said. “I have dedicated significant resources to supporting those impacted by sex trafficking and to hold accountable those who manipulate and take advantage of other people’s vulnerabilities.”

According to prosecutors, Morocho was on the lam in the 2018 child molestation case when he approached the teen migrant at a Jamaica deli in November and asked her if she wanted a job — even after she told him she was underage.

Over the following four months, he allegedly coerced the girl into prostitution, driving her to and from a Corona apartment for dates with johns, giving her half the money she collected at the end of the day, prosecutors said.

Morocho also coaxed the teen to give him semi-nude photos of herself that he would send to prospective customers, according to prosecutors.

On March 6 he allegedly drove the victim to the Renaissance New York Flushing Hotel at Tangram, where he negotiated a price for the girl’s services with a john — not realizing he was an undercover cop.

Police slapped the cuffs on him and hit him with the felony charges.

Morocho — who authorities believe is tied to MS-13 because of several distinctive tattoos — first got jammed up nearly six years ago when he was charged with fondling the younger girl outside a Queens mobile phone shop on Sept. 26, 2018.

According to a complaint in the case, the youngster was looking at phones in the display window when “she felt someone lift her skirt, touch her buttock over her black tights with their hand.”

When the terrified girl turned around, Morocho allegedly told her, “Don’t move, I want to do this longer.”

Cops caught up with Morocho, who allegedly confessed that he “was trying to record her butt.”

He was charged with unlawful surveillance, sexual abuse, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the criminal complaint.

Alfredo Morocho was arrested at this Queens hotel on March 6 after an undercover cop posed as a john for the migrant teen Morocho allegedly trafficked, prosecutors announced this week. Marriott / Renaissance New York Flushing
Alfredo Morocho was arrested at this Queens hotel on March 6 after an undercover cop posed as a john for the migrant teen Morocho allegedly trafficked, prosecutors announced this week. Marriott / Renaissance New York Flushing

His bail was set at $2,500 cash or a $5,000 bond at his arraignment, which he posted — but he blew off a May 2019 court date and had a warrant issued to haul him back into the courtroom.

It wasn’t until after his prostitution bust that prosecutors were finally able to hit him with the bail-jumping charge, according to court records.

He’s due back in court on March 28.