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6 charged with conspiracy and sex trafficking in Massachusetts

Six people charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking in Massachusetts

Charges include trafficking of minors by force, fraud and coercion

BOSTON, MA (STL.News) Last week an indictment was made public in Boston, MA, accusing Christy Parker26; Alejandro Smalls25; Cory Primo42; Avvani Jeffers22; Tre’sean Reid21; and Tyreik Reid20, with conspiracy to Committing sex trafficking and other sex trafficking charges.

According to the indictment, between January and August 2023, Parker, Smalls, Tre’sean Reid, and Tyreik Reid used force, threats of force, fraud, and coercion to compel an adult female to engage in commercial sex. The indictment further alleges that between July and August 2023, Parker, Smalls, Primo, and Jeffers used force, threats of force, fraud, and coercion to compel a minor to engage in commercial sex. The indictment further alleges that in August 2023, Parker, Primo, and Jeffers knowingly recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided, obtained, and maintained another minor for commercial sex. Finally, the indictment alleges that all defendants conspired to commit sex trafficking between January and August 2023.

Jeffers was arrested on June 27 and made his initial appearance that same day. Jeffers is currently in custody awaiting a detention hearing on July 8. Parker and Primo are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Boston on July 8. Smalls is awaiting trial in South Carolina and will be arraigned in Boston at a later date. Tyreik Reid is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in South Carolina for a detention hearing on July 10. Tre’sean Reid is currently at large.

If convicted of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion, defendants face a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison. If convicted of sex trafficking of a minor, defendants face a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison. If convicted of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy for the District of Massachusetts, and Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Krol of Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) New England Field Office made the announcement.

The Somerset Police Department and HSI New England Field Office are investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Riley-Cunniffe for the District of Massachusetts and Trial Attorney Francisco Zornosa of the Civil Rights Division’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit are prosecuting the case.

HSI is asking anyone with information about the defendants to contact HSI’s New England Field Office at 617-565-7400. If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at +1 888-373-7888.

An indictment is simply an accusation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

SOURCE: DOJ