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NOTORIUS SEX TRAFFICKER TERRENCE 'T-REX' YARBROUGH FACES UP TO LIFE IN PRISON FOLLOWING SEX TRAFFICKING CONVICTION IN TENNESSEE.
U.S. Department of JusticeDecember 05, 2012
“This verdict sends a clear message that human trafficking will not be tolerated in the United States,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “The defendant brutally exploited vulnerable young women and girls and deprived them of their rights and dignity so he could profit by selling their bodies. Securing justice on behalf of the victims of modern-day slavery is one of the highest priorities of the Civil Rights Division.”
“The brutal and depraved acts that this individual inflicted upon these women are almost impossible to fathom,” said Edward L. Stanton, III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. “The conviction of Yarbrough reiterates this office’s firm commitment to bring sex traffickers to justice. Our office’s dedicated civil rights unit will continue to prosecute these cases in order to protect the vulnerable and innocent victims of such crimes.”
At the trial, victims recounted a series of violent acts perpetrated by Yarbrough to coerce them into prostituting for him, including beatings with belts, wooden coat hangers, crowbars, padlocks, and dog chains. They also testified to being thrown down stairs, having their heads smashed in car doors, having their legs burned with irons, and being scalded with boiling water.
Yarbrough faces a minimum of 15 years in prison with no parole and could be sentenced to up to life in prison. U.S. District Court Judge S. Thomas Anderson will sentence Yarbrough on April 18, 2013.
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ILLINOIS MAN FOUND GUILTY OF SEX TRAFFICKING
U.S. Attorney’s OfficeFebruary 11, 2013
A federal jury convicted Campbell after hearing evidence that he lured in adults and minors and caused them to engage in commercial sex acts in and around Sioux Falls. He assaulted one victim repeatedly over the course of about eight months in which he forced her to perform commercial sex acts in South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
“This defendant has been brought to justice for his role in the sexual enslavement of young women,” said Johnson. “The verdict sends a strong message: if you engage in the heinous act of sex trafficking in South Dakota, we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”
Campbell’s convictions include one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion; one count of interstate transportation for prostitution; one count of obstruction of sex trafficking enforcement; and two counts of sex trafficking of a child. trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and up to a life maximum. The two convictions for sex trafficking of a child each carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to a life maximum. The remaining two counts involving interstate transportation and obstruction carry maximum prison terms of up to 20 years each.
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THIRTEEN MORE DEFENDANTS ADDED TO INDICTMENT CHARGING SEX TRAFFICKING AND PROSTITUTION RING OPERATING IN SAVANNAH.
U.S. Attorney’s OfficeFebruary 08, 2013
The federal charges follow a lengthy investigation dubbed Operation Dark Night, which was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). In addition to the number of arrests and searches in January 2013, federal authorities rescued a number of women alleged to have been forced into prostitution. The investigation of this cases remains ongoing.
United States Attorney Edward Tarver said, “The superseding indictment adds even more gruesome details to the allegations of an already reprehensible human trafficking ring operating within our very own communities. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners will not stop until all of those responsible are brought to justice.”
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