Elizabeth Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Human Trafficking

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that the Honorable James M. DeMarzo, J.S.C. sentenced Wendy Archelus, a 22 year old male, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to 5 years in State Prison in connection with human trafficking charges.

On July 28, 2014, defendant pled guilty to Second Degree Human Trafficking.

The defendant was initially charged as part of the Innocence Lost Initiative out of Parsippany, which was intended to locate and recover underage prostitutes.  Defendant provided services for a 17 year old female prostitute, specifically by providing her with transportation.

Judge DeMarzo’s sentence includes a period of 3 years of parole ineligibility.  The defendant was also subject to a $15,000 mandatory fine.

Assistant Prosecutor Christopher F. Schellhorn represented the State at the sentencing.

Prosecutor Knapp thanks the Federal Bureau of Investigations Innocence Lost Task Force, Police Chief Paul Philipps, Detective Gloria Ortiz and the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and Detective Janet Thai and members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit for their efforts resulting in today’s sentence.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].