Oct 3, 2013 – Wausau, WI
It’s not just pimping underage children that will land you in prison for many years. If you organize an adult escort service that advertises on the internet, be prepared to join the human traffickers and pedophiles in prison for many long years.
In Wausau in central Wisconsin, Kristen M. Boyd, 30, and Aaron Brown, 28, were arrested Monday as part of an ongoing investigation into prostitution after one of three women arrested in a sting told police that Boyd and Brown set up her appointments and collected all of the money she earned performing sexual favors for clients at hotels.
Kristin Jensen, 25, of Mosinee was one of three women arrested Sept. 27 at a Wausau hotel after undercover officers responded to an ad for adult escort services on the Internet classified ad site backpage.com.
Police on Monday arrested Boyd and Brown after they searched a home in the 700 block of Fulton Street, where they seized cellphones, computers and other evidence. Boyd and Brown live in the home along with two young children, police said.
Boyd faces charges of pimping, solicitation of prostitutes and bail jumping, felony charges that carry a maximum combined penalty of 24½ years in prison.
Brown faces a maximum prison sentence of 18½ years if he is convicted on felony charges of pimping and solicitation of prostitutes. Both were charged Wednesday in Marathon County Circuit Court and are being held on a $10,000 bond each. Preliminary hearings for both suspects will be held Oct. 9.
Pimping suspects charged in alleged prostitution ring
Oct 6, 2013 – Chattanooga, TN
It’s a very well known fact that internet escort services employ women across many states, and do business in multiple states. Law enforcement is considerably putting pressure by working together at the federal, state, and local levels to bring down these widespread escort agencies.
Madame Of Multi-State Prostitution Ring Arrested In Chattanooga
The madame of a multi-state prostitution ring has been arrested in Chattanooga on federal charges.
Tatiana Valencia Wallace, 29, of Union City, Tn., is charged with interstate transport of an individual for the purpose of prostitution.
Police said on Sept. 27, Chattanooga Detective Zach Fuller, working undercover, negotiated an agreement with a prostitute who agreed to perform sex acts at the Sheraton Hotel for $160. Detective Fuller had initially responded to a Backpage.com advertisement that indicated the prostitute had an assistant who booked customers.
Police said the same phone number listed in the ad was the same as that in multiple Backpage.com ads. The business name was listed as “Dreamgirl Companions.”
Listings were found in Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Maine, Utah, Nebraska, Tennessee and other states.
During the November 2012 elections, California’s voters overwhelmingly approved proposition 35 which would greatly increase penalties in prison and fines for human sex traffickers, expand the definition of human trafficking to make convictions easier, and significantly increase funding and training for law enforcement across California to fight human trafficking.
This chart summarizes the increased penalties of Proposition 35. Read here for more details.
Oct 10, 2013 – Bakersfield, CA (north of Los Angeles)
Pimps and human traffickers are really losing out under Proposition 35 which was overwhelmingly passed by California voters in 2012.
Jerome Henderson, 23, was has been sentenced to 32 years and 8 months in prison after attempting to traffic a 13 year old girl to Sacramento from Bakersfield, CA.
His is the first human trafficking case in Kern County since California voters approved Proposition 35, increasing penalties for human trafficking crimes.
Before proposition 35 was passed in November 2012, Jerome would face a maximum of 8 years in prison for pimping a minor. With the plea bargains and legal loopholes, he would most likely serve less than 5 years in prison. Now Jerome and others like him in California can get up to life in prison, and guaranteed at least a few decades in prison.
Human trafficking defendant sentenced to 32 years, 8 months in California