Skip to. Including the charges unsealed today, 11 members of area gangs have been charged with underage sex trafficking since as part of a of ongoing investigations.
Neil H. Attorney MacBride. This is the 16th human trafficking case charged in the last year in this district.
Attorney Neil MacBride and our law enforcement partners, we will send a swift and strong message that this criminal behavior will not be tolerated in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Strom and other UGC associates are accused of recruiting teen girls to work for them as prostitutes.
They would allegedly contact teens at school or through Facebook, DateHookUp. In addition, members of the conspiracy would approach girls at bus or rail stops and attempt to recruit them into ing their prostitution business.
Once a girl expressed interest, Strom is alleged to have relied on women within his organization to transition the victim into earning money for the conspirators by having sex with multiple clients. The affidavit alleges that Strom and members of the conspiracy advertised their victims through online sites including Craigslist.
In addition, many victims were prostituted by walking door-to-door soliciting clients in apartment buildings or townhouse complexes, with Strom and others waiting within a car nearby.
They were instructed to find apartments with multiple males inside to minimize walking in the open and to maximize profit. Strom and three conspirators were charged with conspiring to transport a juvenile to engage in a commercial sex act, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, if convicted.
The conspirators charged include:. Jefferies was arrested the evening of March 27,and Strom and Ghile were arrested early the following morning on March 28, Dove was ly arrested on March 24, in separate charges by authorities in Warren County and is currently in state custody. In addition to the charges unsealed today, the court unsealed charges against Christopher Sylvia, 22, of Springfield, Virginia, who was arrested on March 8, for his role as a driver in this sex trafficking conspiracy.
Founded inthe Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force is a collaboration of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies—along with nongovernmental organizations—dedicated to combating human trafficking and related crimes.
The Fairfax County Police Department has set up a telephone for use by anyone with information about cases in Fairfax County. That is You will be prompted to leave your contact information for investigators.
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