11/26/2019 – Pimp gets 15 years for role in sex ring that ensnared missing teen Corinna Slusser
During Ishi Woney’s sentencing, Corinna’s mother, Sabina Tuorto, pleaded with her daughter’s pimp to reveal the Corinna’s whereabouts before he was sentenced to 15 years in prison — prompting the procurer to blurt out that he has no idea.
“Where is Corinna? Is she dead or alive? Who is the last person he handed her off to?” Tuorto wept. “Please, Ishi, disclose where my child is.”
Judge Schofield began to explain that she couldn’t force Woney to answer any questions, but was cut off when Woney suddenly stood up and began speaking.
“Honestly, I don’t know,” the 24-year-old said of Slusser’s location. “I never passed her off to anybody.”
“Is she dead or alive? I’m honestly not sure, but I pray she’s alive,” he continued.
Woney was arrested in 2018 on charges he trafficked Slusser and others, including a minor and a mentally disabled woman with the IQ of a third-grader, according to court papers.
He faced up to life behind bars, but Schofield on Tuesday cited Woney’s extensive mental health issues — including a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia — before handing down the sentence of 15 years behind bars.
“This is a very serious offense,” the judge said. “Hopefully you can get the kind of medical care you need.”
Corinna was hardly 19-years-old when she vanished from New York City in September 2017 after she was convinced to leave Pennsylvania by a man who was acting as her pimp.
Investigators believe Corinna is a victim of sex trafficking and that she has been passed along between various pimps.
Summary from her Dr. Phil episode:
Corinna is hospitalized after she attempts to commit suicide. While she is in the hospital, she meets a man who eventually convinces her to move to NYC with him to escort.
This man becomes her pimp.
Corinna leaves Pennsylvania with only her phone and ID. She didn’t bring any personal belongings, her makeup, or extra clothes. Family and friends say she kept in contact with them regularly.
August 21, 2017:
Her first online advertisement appears under the name “Carissa.”
August 25, 2017:
32-year-old Yhovanny Peguero stole $300 from Corinna while she is in the shower at Harlem Vista Hotel in Sugar Hill. It is believed that Perguero is the man Corinna met in the hospital who was now acting as her pimp.
August 28, 2017:
Corinna confronted Peguero about the stolen money which leads to a physical altercation and the police were called.
Police found Corinna crying and shaking. She told them her pimp stole $300 from her. When she confronted him, he grabbed her by the neck and “slammed her against the wall, making it difficult for (her) to breathe.”
Peguero was arrested and charged with strangulation and criminal obstruction of breathing.
A copy of the order of protection was sent to Corinna’s Pennsylvania address. Her mother, Sabina, sees this and questions her about it, but Corinna shrugged it off.
“This letter of protection was granted against somebody she was living with. It went to her mom’s house,” said one relative, who asked not to be named. “We didn’t know what to think.”
“The letter said she was beaten and strangled, but (Corinna) told her mom that she was making a big deal out of nothing,” the relative said.
Early September 2017:
In September, Corinna met Ishi Woney – a wannabe rapper and pimp – at a Bronx motel. He is pimping out another girl who goes by “Jessica Wabbit”.
Woney takes Corinna under his wing and posts online sex adverts using all 3 of their cell phone numbers for the two girls.
Known used numbers are 570-912-2808, 646-956-6756 and 929-297-3144.
September 7, 2017:
Corinna tweets about her very own apartment in NYC, a 1 BR x 1 BA on 3224 Grand Concourse, Jerome Park, Bronx, for $750.
Her mother says there is no way she could afford this.
Corinna’s last known social media post is posted on Instagram, giving the location as the Bronx. It shows someone smoking a blunt.
In a phone call around this time with her mother, she says her license and social security card were stolen.
She says she wants to come back home to Pennsylvania.
According to family, she sounded terrified. This was the last any of her relatives spoke to her. She did not call or answer her phone after this.
September 14, 2017:
Corinna ‘liked’ a post of her aunt’s on Facebook.
Corinna’s maternal grandfather dies in Florida. Corinna had been trying to visit him before he passed but she was unable to get a flight due to her lack of ID.
September 19, 2017:
An online advert gives her location as Jamaica, Queens.
“Jessica Wabbit” becomes jealous of Woney’s relationship with Corinna which forces her to the Haven Motel in Queens.
September 20, 2017:
According to police, Corinna is seen in the early morning at the Haven Motel. Woney and another unidentified male who had reserved a room to spend the night with Corinna were present.
Corinna’s last online adverts using her phone number are placed. Her location is listed as “Ozone Park, Queens, Woodhaven, Flushing, Astoria.”
Corinna and Woney had exchanged over 800 text messages between Sept. 10 and 20th.
September 26, 2017:
A memorial service for her grandfather is held in Florida. Her family were hopeful that Corinna would show up for it, but she didn’t.
At some point in September 2017, Corinna is reported missing to by her family to the police. Her family is told not to release details regarding her disappearance because it may alert her captors who could move her to another state. The story doesn’t reach the media until November.
October 6, 2017:
Corinna’s 19th birthday.
The non-profit group Phantom Rescue starts to privately investigate Corinna’s disappearance and offer $10,000 for her safe return.
Woney is arrested for the sex trafficking of Corinna and “Jessica Wabbit.”
Woney posts a photo to his instagram of himself, Corinna, and Jessica from 2017 to taunt police and Corinna’s family. You can still see the green in Corinna’s hair.
Jessica denies he did anything wrong even though she was interviewed by the FBI about how she was being sold for sex.
“Woney engaged in a vile form of exploitation, using force and other coercion to compel young women to engage in paid sex for his enrichment,” US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a release announcing the charges.
Here are the court documents relating to his case explaining his charges and details about how he sex-trafficked Jessica and Corinna (Jessica is victim 1).
Jessica, another “girlfriend,” Imani Brown (who goes by nellybanks or chocolate drop), and various troll accounts have been defending Woney on social media. They are adamant “she left that night.”
The various accounts have been attacking people on Corinna’s Missing Facebook page and putting Corinna’s promiscuous activity on blast.
Even though Woney was arrested for sex-trafficking, the whereabouts of Corinna are still unknown.
We will keep this posted updated with information as we find it.
If you see Corinna: