MIAMI, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – A man who coerced two women and a girl into selling themselves for sex in Miami during the 2020 Superbowl has been convicted of commercial sex trafficking by a federal jury in Fort. Lauderdale this week.
During the eight-day trial, Deputy U.S. Prosecutors Alejandra L. López and Brian Dobbins presented evidence that in January 2020, Edward Walker, 48, of New Haven, Connecticut, brought two adult women and a daughter from 17 years old in Miami from Miami. Connecticut to engage in commercial sex acts during the SuperBowl. In Miami, Walker emotionally, psychologically, and financially coerced victims into soliciting and having sex with clients in exchange for money, which Walker retained. Additional evidence showed that after the Superbowl in Miami, Walker planned to take the victims to Chicago, Illinois (during the NBA All-Star Game), New Orleans, Louisiana (during the Mardi Gras), Las Vegas, Nevada and other places to go further. sexually exploit them.
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The jury convicted Walker of sex trafficking by force and coercion, sex trafficking of a minor and by force and coercion, and transporting a person for sexual purposes. U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn will convict Walker on January 6, 2022 in federal court in Fort. Lauderdale. He faces a sentence of up to life imprisonment.
This case was brought within the framework of the Safe Childhood Project, a national initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Divisions Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information on the Safe Childhood Project, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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Juan Antonio Gonzalez, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami; and Alfredo Ramirez, III, director of the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), announced the guilty verdict.
This case was investigated by the FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Working Group, in partnership with the MDPD Human Trafficking Working Group and the Human Trafficking Group. South Florida Human Trafficking Work. FBI New Haven; Miami Homeland Security Investigations; Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Miami Office; Miami Beach Police Department; and the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office helped.
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To report suspected human trafficking or to obtain resources for victims, please call 1-888-373-7888; text “BeFree” (233733), or live chat at HumanTraffickingHotline.org. The toll-free telephone, SMS lines and live chat function are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Help is available in English, Spanish, Creole, or over 200 additional languages. The national hotline is not managed by law enforcement, immigration or an investigative agency. Correspondence with the national hotline is confidential and you can request help or report a tip anonymously.