Innocence Lost: Feds Nail Members of Child Prostitution Ring

Posted by JimKouri on Sunday December 18, 2005 at 8:53 am MST
by Jim Kouri, CPP

Federal agents claimed a decisive victory over those who exploit children
through prostitution and pornography in one of the biggest child abuse
cases ever.

In one of the largest coordinated enforcement actions undertaken against
child prostitution rings in the US, 19 suspects were arrested and over 30
additional suspects were charged in the latest phase of “Innocence Lost,”
a major investigation into criminal enterprises involved in the
recruitment of children for prostitution.

As a result of this law enforcement operation, over 30 child victims were
identified, bringing the total of child victims identified to more than
200 since the start of the Innocence Lost initiative in 2003. Property
seizures in this latest sweep included residential homes, vehicles, US
currency, electronics, jewelry, and child pornography images.

Indictments and criminal complaints were filed in four US Districts (the
Middle District of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, the Eastern
District of Michigan, and the District of Hawaii). They charged 31
individuals with various offenses including the transportation of minors
to engage in prostitution, attempting to coerce and entice minors to
engage in prostitution, sex trafficking in children, kidnapping, witness
tampering, possession and distribution of child pornography, illegal
firearms possession, illegal drug offenses, money laundering and tax
evasion. Twelve suspects were charged, but remain fugitives.

“This is a crime of hidden victims,” said John Rabun, Vice President of
the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “Many think child
trafficking is only a problem in foreign countries, but nothing can be
further from the truth. Thanks to the FBI’s leadership, more victims are
being uncovered and more perpetrators arrested.”

In a separate case in Michigan, suspects Deric Willoughby, Brandy Shope,
Jennifer Huskey, and Richard Lamar Gordon were indicted on December 13,
2005 by a federal grand jury in Detroit.

The defendants are charged with 5 counts each including sexual
exploitation of children, transportation of children for the purpose of
prostitution, sexual trafficking of children, interstate transportation
of minors for prostitution, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting.

The indictment alleges that during May 2005, defendants Willoughby,
Shope, Huskey, and Gordon engaged in a conspiracy to commit the offenses
of sexual exploitation of children and transportation of children for the
purposes of prostitution.

According to court documents, the suspects transported two minor girls
from their hometown of Toledo, Ohio to Michigan for the purpose of
forcing the two minors to engage in commercial sexual acts for money. The
children were instructed by Shope and co-defendant Huskey that they would
be prostituting themselves for Willoughby and that they would have to
obey him or suffer physical harm.

During the ten days that the two kids were being held by Willoughby,
Shope and Huskey, each child was physically assaulted by Willoughby in
addition to being forced to engage in several different commercial sexual
acts as defendants Shope and Huskey watched, participated, and collected
money from patrons.

At one point, the three suspects transported the two girls to a Sears
parking lot in Toledo where they met another co-defendant Robert Gordon.
Gordon, a commercial truck driver, transported the kids to a truck stop
in Michigan where he paid to have sex with one of the minors, while the
other minor, accompanied by defendant Shope, was forced to engage in
commercial sexual acts with other truck drivers at the truck stop.

Sources: US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation -
Violent Crimes and Major Offenders Section, National Center for Missing
and Exploited Children, American Federation of Police and Concerned
Citizens, National Association of Chiefs of Police

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Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National
Association of Chiefs of Police. He’s former chief at a New York City
housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters
covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of
public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for
several major organizations.  He’s also served on the National Drug Task
Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.
He writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of
Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a staff writer
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