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September 17, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Brothers Jamaal “JJ” Bomber and Frederick Bomber pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle to drugs and firearms charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Jamaal Bomber, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and sex trafficking of a child. Frederick Bomber, 31, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, both Tukwila men made sales of weapons or drugs to an undercover agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). In April, Frederick sold the agent a Browning .30-06 caliber rifle although he was prohibited from possessing the rifle because of prior drug convictions and bail jumping, the U.S. Attofrney’s Office said.
Jamaal Bomber sold crack cocaine to an ATF undercover officer on three different occasions in April and May. He also offered to provide the undercover officer with prostitutes, including one who was 16 years old, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
According to police, Jamaal Bomber had up to nine girls and women prostituting for him — and when they weren’t selling sex, they helped him “by preparing and selling narcotics” out of a Tukwila motel room.
The brothers are scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 19. Frederick Bomber faces up to 10 years in prison. Under the terms of a plea agreement with Jamaal Bomber, prosecutors and the defense must recommend between 15 and 20 years in prison.
July 11, 2013 at 4:06 PM
A 27-year-old Tacoma pimp who was convicted in November of seven sex-trafficking charges was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 23 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
A jury deliberated for about three hours on Nov. 30 before finding Alexander Walls guilty of conspiracy to transport a juvenile for prostitution; interstate transportation of a child for prostitution; witness tampering; conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion; and three counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion, according to a news release issued by federal prosecutors on Thursday. The charges were in connection to Walls’ pimping activities of a 17-year-old girl and two young women.
Walls and co-defendant Reginald Irvin were arrested in May 2011 during a traffic stop in Lakewood, court records show. Irvin pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of an individual for prostitution and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking in October and was later sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to the news release and court records.
Court records show prosecutors dismissed 10 other charges against Irvin as part of the plea agreement.
Authorities seized four vehicles from Walls and Irvin, who are both required to register as sex offenders after they are released from prison, court records show.
According to federal prosecutors, Walls “controlled as many as four women involved in sex trafficking,” including the then-17-year-old girl who came to Tacoma from Chicago after Walls convinced her to travel by here by bus to work for him as a prostitute.
“While directing the prostitution acts of the women, Walls enforced various ‘rules’ on the women about who they could talk to, how much money they had to make, when they could eat, and where they could work as prostitutes,” the news release says. “He assaulted them if they did not follow his rules, including strip searching them to look for money, and demanded they pay him as much as $1,500 before they could leave his control.”
January 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Mayor Mike McGinn and Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn this morning announced a campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking, the second such public-awareness effort announced this month.
McGinn and Dunn were joined at a news conference by representatives from Clear Channel Outdoor, which donated $94,000 in advertising space, and Clear Channel Entertainment+Media, which donated $88,000 of air time for public service announcements.
“Hundreds of people, many of them underage, are trafficked in our region each year for sex, manual labor, domestic labor and more,” McGinn said. “This is not something from history, or something that only happens in other countries – this is reality for many people in our community. We hope this campaign will help build awareness and connect victims to resources and assistance.”
Clear Channel Outdoor has donated billboards in English, Vietnamese and Korean. The ads will feature examples of human trafficking and direct victims to the national human trafficking hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
Earlier this month, King County’s launched a campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, which includes posting ads in six languages on 200 Metro buses.
November 30, 2012 at 4:49 PM
Two abusive men who advertised women for sex using Backpage.com were sentenced to several years in prison in U.S. District Court today.
Judges sentenced Terrence Williams, 25, of Bremerton, to nine years in prison with five years of supervised release, and Charles Deville Nash, 30, of Seattle, to 15 years in prison with three years of supervised release for human trafficking. Both used physical abuse to force young women to continue in the sex trade and took their earnings, according to the Western District of Washington’s U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The sentences were part of two separate investigations taken on by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI’s Innoncence Lost Task Force, which investigates federal crimes involving children.
Nash, according to the office, will also have to pay $240,000 to five women he trafficked in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho and Utah between 2009 and 2011. The FBI collaborated with the Seattle Police Department to catch Nash.
Williams controlled or attempted to control three women through verbal and physical abuse between 2007 and 2011. Prosecutors estimated he will eventually pay at least $185,000 in restitution to his victims. The Bremerton Police Department and Lakewood Police Department worked with the FBI on the investigation of Williams.
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