Attorneys general across the country are investigating Back.
Generally, she said, "When the feds are able to indict a pimp or a trafficker, I think that is a really good thing. Bell would decide where his women would be sent across the country, and he had some of them seek out customers at truck hWat, the indictment said. He has pleaded not guilty.
The center reported baclpage, instances of suspected child sex trafficking occurring in California using Back sinceaccording to the documents. Lawson used Back.
Court documents allege that back. Bell allegedly told one prostitute to get a tattoo his nickname, "Victorious P," as a branding strategy.
AP Oct. Lawson helped Bell run the conspiracy, obtaining rental cars to transport workers and making their hotel accommodations, taking phone calls from customers, overseeing appointments to make sure money was paid and occasionally working as a prostitute herself, according to the indictment.
An investigation started in involved an undercover agent arranging meeting with prostitutes through the site and creating advertising escort services, according to the documents. Back was founded in by Lacey bakpage Larkin, and in it broke off from its parent company and became its own entity, with Ferrer as CEO, according to court documents.
Bell, 27, was arrested in New Jersey earlier this month and has been transported to Iowa to face a count indictment, which includes charges of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and interstate transportation for prostitution. Feds: Sex trafficking ring used Back.
Related: Online Sex Trafficking Sting in Nashville Nets 41 Arrests One of those interviewed was a year-old woman who said she was forced into prostitution when she was 12 or 13 years old, and who used the site, according to the warrant declaration. They posted solicitations on Back. The two are charged in Iowa because Des Moines was a site where the ring did business on at least four occasions, sometimes holing up in an Econo Lodge near Interstate 35, the indictment says.
The indictment says Bell collaborated with at least three other pimps, sharing expenses for promoting their prostitutes and information about recruiting, training and law enforcement in different geographic areas. Phil Helsel.
Police in Detroit are investigating the slayings of four women whose bodies were found in car trunks after three of them placed online escort through the site. A indictment alleges a New Jersey man used coercion and violence to force women between 17 and 21 to act as his sex workers between November and Junewhen investigators broke up the ring during a sting operation at a hotel in Omaha.
A magistrate judge on Monday ordered Bell detained pending trial, noting he'd served prison time for robbery in the past, traveled frequently backpaye had no regular source of income. The indictment comes as the website, owned by Village Voice Media, is under fire from critics who say it profits from sex trafficking.
But he filed a motion Wednesday seeking Bell's release, arguing he would show up to court hearings and "would pose no danger to the community. Ferrer is charged with felony charges of pimping a minor, pimping, and conspiracy to commit pimping, according to court documents. Brittany Lawson, 21, who prosecutors say helped Bell manage the ring, was arrested last month in Hot Springs, Ark. Clark, president and CEO of the center, said in a statement.
Prosecutors say he used physical and psychological force to prevent them from leaving, striking them, whipping them with a belt, choking them, threatening to kill backpagee families if they left and taking their identification documents. An attorney who represents Back, Liz McDougall, declined to immediately comment when reached Thursday. Critics are lobbying the company to remove for escorts and adult services but the company has resisted, noting it cooperates with law enforcement.
Her attorney did not immediately return a phone message. The man, Johnelle L. Bell's attorney, public defender John Burns, declined comment.
Paxton said investigators found evidence that "adult and child sex trafficking victims were forced into prostitution through escort that appeared repeatedly on Back. The indictment says their operation was headquartered in Little Rock, Ark.