Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies are taking a serious stance against the illegal trafficking of individuals for the purposes of sexual commerce. This is an issue that deserves a great deal of attention, and it should be approached with a very strong response within the courts. That said, there are cases in which an individual is accused of these types of crimes but is eventually found to be innocent. Still other cases fail to even make it before a court of law, and the charges are dropped.
Such could be the case for a 34-year-old Homestead man who has been accused of participating the trafficking of underage girls for the purpose of sexual slavery. An investigation led authorities to believe that children were forced to perform sexual acts as many as 10 to 20 times per day. The profits from those activities were allegedly retained by the men behind the trafficking ring.
Within the same investigation, a former public works director was also accused of wrongdoing, taking on the role of client within the alleged sex ring. It is unclear if he gave authorities information about the alleged traffickers in exchange for a plea deal in his case or if the two arrests were connected in any manner. Authorities do claim that the former public official was a client of the man arrested for trafficking.
As this case moves forward, the public can expect that the prosecution will take a strong stance in the allegations of sex trafficking. It is also expected that additional arrests are in the works related to the investigation. For the Homestead, Pennsylvania, man who is accused of coordinating these crimes, he will need to mount an equally strong criminal defense in the matter if he wishes to avoid the serious punitive measures that would accompany any convictions.
Source: wtae.com, "Feds bust local men allegedly connected with child sex trafficking", Sheldon Ingram, July 23, 2015