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Federal Charges for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

Commercial sex trafficking of any person, especially a minor, is treated extremely seriously by Federal and State Prosecutors due to the intense nature of the crime. Recently, Jimall Dawn Brown, 35, of Boston plead guilty to both sex trafficking a minor, and to persuading and coercing several women to travel across state lines to engage in prostitution.

Brown’s first victim, known as Victim 1, was approached in 2022 when she was 17 years old. He coerced the teenager, whom he met on social media, with promises of a “better lifestyle,” and persuaded her to fly to Boston. Once in Boston, he posted advertisements on commercial sex websites of the victim and arranged sessions for her to have sex for money. Brown also flew Victim 1 to Nevada to engage in commercial sex and kept all the money. 

Prior to this crime, in 2019, Brown coerced Victim 2 to travel from Connecticut to Massachusetts to participate in prostitution. He gave her false promises of a better, more luxurious life if she moved to Boston with him and worked in the sex industry. 

Victim 3, was yet again persuaded to travel from out of state, this time Pennsylvania to Massachusetts to engage in commercial sex by Brown. In May 2016, he persuaded and coerced Victim 3 to travel to Boston, by contacting her on social media, telling her that she was beautiful and could model for his modeling agency. He promised he would cover all of her expenses once she was in Boston. Brown photographed the victim, allegedly for modeling purposes, but used the images on a commercial sex website and forced the victim to participate in commercial sex and to give him all her money. 

Sex trafficking is a crime that involves coercing victims to engage in commercial sex acts. The coercion can range from physical to psychological, and can be covert or overt in nature. Sex trafficking can cause lasting trauma to the victims. All states have different laws around sex trafficking, but when the crossing of state or international borders occurs, also known as “interstate or foreign commerce,” it is then deemed a Federal Crime. 

Sex trafficking of a minor is a federal offense punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Transporting a person for purposes of prostitution carries for a maximum of 10 years in prison, 3 years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Persuading and coercing a person to travel across state lines to engage in prostitution provides for a maximum of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. 

If you are being investigated for sex trafficking, speak with an experienced sex trafficking defense attorney who will carefully examine the evidence against you. Here at Dhar Law LLP, we will work diligently to defend your rights and to clear your good name, if possible. Contact a member of our team today for more information (617) 880-6155


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