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Alabama Defendant Sentenced to 60 Years and Ordered to Pay Over $950,000 in Restitution for Sex Trafficking Scheme Involving Forced Prostitution
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Alabama Defendant Sentenced to 60 Years and Ordered to Pay Over $950,000 in Restitution for Sex Trafficking Scheme Involving Forced Prostitution

U.S. District Court Judge R. Austin Huffaker Jr. of the Middle District of Alabama sentenced defendant Lonnie Mitchell, 36, of Montgomery, Alabama, to 60 years in prison for coercing several victims, including a minor, to engage in prostitution over the course of several years. The judge also ordered the defendant to pay over $950,000 in…

South Florida Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking Offenses Against Minor Girls
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South Florida Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking Offenses Against Minor Girls

MIAMI — A 26-year-old Broward County man was sentenced today in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., by U.S. District Court Judge William P. Dimitrouleas to 30 years in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiring to traffic minor girls for commercial sex. On August 11, 2022, following a four-day trial, a federal jury found Kerby…

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Nashville Trio Facing Federal Human Trafficking & Drug Distribution Charges

NASHVILLE – A federal indictment unsealed today charges three Nashville individuals in a sex trafficking and drug distribution conspiracy that operated from a house in Antioch, Tennessee, announced U.S. Attorney Mark H. Wildasin for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

Karen (Kay) Bailey, 42, Charles (Chuck) McGlother, 50, and Charles (Ponytail) Sumner, 61, all of Antioch, were indicted Monday and charged with conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking and conspiracy to distribute, and distributing, cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl.  The indictment further charges the trio specifically with trafficking three women for sex by force and coercion for the purpose of financial gain.  The indictment also charges McGlother with two counts of federal firearms violations, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and for possessing of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 

Documents filed with the Court allege that the trio has operated a human trafficking operation in the Nashville area for over a decade, and dozens of women are believed to have been recruited under false pretenses and coerced and forced into commercial sex acts.  Court documents allege that the conspiracy specifically targeted women who were recovering drug addicts with small children who needed housing.  The defendants allowed the women and their children to move into their house, got them addicted to drugs, and then coerced them to perform commercial sex acts when they were unable to pay their rent. The defendants further maintained control over the women by not allowing them to ever take their children out of the house without a chaperone.

Court documents also allege that the defendants provided drugs to the trafficked women to keep them addicted, and sold drugs to commercial sex customers and others outside of the sex trafficking conspiracy.  McGlother owned several businesses, including a music studio and a food truck, which were used to sell drugs.

On March 31, 2022, a search warrant was executed on Bluewillow Court in Antioch, where the defendants and some of the trafficked women were residing. Several trafficking victims were found on the premises, and some of those victims were living in makeshift sheds without electricity behind the main house.

Sumner was arrested at his home this morning and will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge later today.   Bailey and McGlother are currently in state custody. 

If convicted, the defendants face a mandatory minimum of 15 years and up to life in prison.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.  Assistant U.S.  Attorney Brooke K. Schiferle is prosecuting the case. 

An indictment is merely an accusation.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Human Smuggler Sentenced Following Migrant Death
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Human Smuggler Sentenced Following Migrant Death

MIDLAND, Texas – A Guatemalan national man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for immigration crimes. According to court documents, Mario Rigoberto Diego-Esteban, aka “Lentes,” 26, was sentenced following his guilty plea to one count of illegal re-entry after deportation and one count of transporting undocumented migrants for commercial advantage and private financial…

Rhode Island Man Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking
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Rhode Island Man Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking

BOSTON – A Woonsocket, R.I. man was sentenced yesterday for trafficking multiple victims to engage in prostitution across seven states. Ronald Hall, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to 18 years in prison and five years of supervised release. Hall was also ordered to pay restitution in an amount that will…

Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Compel Labor by Three Minors and to Transporting a Minor with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity
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Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Compel Labor by Three Minors and to Transporting a Minor with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity

ALEXANDRIA, La. – Assistant Attorney General Clarke and United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced that Darnell Fulton, 38, of Pineville, Louisiana, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to compel labor by three minors and to transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. According to the plea agreement, between June 2016 and…

Guatemalan National Sentenced for Smuggling Unaccompanied Child into the United States
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Guatemalan National Sentenced for Smuggling Unaccompanied Child into the United States

A Guatemalan national was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Marra on Nov. 3 to 36 months in prison in the Southern District of Florida for smuggling an unaccompanied 15-year-old child into the United States for financial gain. The defendant was convicted by federal jury in July 2022. According to the evidence presented in court, Julio…

Owner and Employees of the Sayville Motor Lodge Indicted for Sex Trafficking and Managing a Drug Premises
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Owner and Employees of the Sayville Motor Lodge Indicted for Sex Trafficking and Managing a Drug Premises

An indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Central Islip charging Narendarakuma Dadarwala, his wife Shardaben Dadarwala, their son Jigar Dadarwala, Ashokbhai Patel, and Himanshu, Inc. d/b/a Sayville Motor Lodge with sex trafficking conspiracy.  The Dadarwalas, Patel, and Himanshu, Inc. are also charged with managing a drug premises, and Narendarakuma Dadarwala is charged with…

Child Sex Trafficker And Producer Of Videos Of Child Sex Abuse Sentenced To 55 Years In Federal Prison
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Child Sex Trafficker And Producer Of Videos Of Child Sex Abuse Sentenced To 55 Years In Federal Prison

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Mark Manuel Angeles Marino (27, Jacksonville) to 55 years in federal prison for child sex trafficking and the production, receipt, and possession of child sexual abuse material. The court also ordered Marino serve a life term of supervised release and pay $163,500 to victims…

Second St. Petersburg Child Sex Trafficker Sentenced To Federal Prison
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Second St. Petersburg Child Sex Trafficker Sentenced To Federal Prison

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle has sentenced Leslie Reio (25, St. Petersburg) to 8 years in federal prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, for engaging in the sex trafficking of minor children. Reio was also ordered to register as a sex offender and to pay restitution to…