US Attorney Rachel S. A Greeley Tribune man was indicted for allegedly running a drug and sex trafficking operation from a tent on Massachusetts Avenue and Melania Cass Boulevard, according to a statement from Rollins on Friday.
Jonathan Vaughn, 35, also known as “Ason”, was charged with cocaine distribution, two counts of transporting a man for prostitution purposes, and three counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion. He will be produced in federal court on April 11.
“Sex trafficking is a heinous crime that inflicts immense pain and trauma on victims and communities,” Rollins said. “Vaughan allegedly hunted and exploited several vulnerable victims by coercion and force, to engage in sexual acts for his own financial gain. He took advantage of people’s pain.”
According to the indictment, from June 2019 to October 2021, Vaughan allegedly forced three women into sex trafficking and two women were taken to another state for prostitution. When he was arrested in October 2021, 15 bags of cocaine were recovered from him.
“Vaughn is accused of using violence, threats and drugs to coerce and control women, to make them financially profitable by forcing them to provide sexual services for a fee that is extremely difficult to avoid,” said Matthew Milholin, special agent in charge. Homeland Security Investigations’ Greeley Tribune Field Office.
According to court documents, Vaughan will specifically target women in Greeley Tribune and Cape Cod. According to the statement, he allegedly hunted women at Mass and Cass and Downtown Crossing as well as on Facebook.
Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin R. Hayden said: “My office is working diligently to address the harm done by violent human traffickers, while ensuring that victims of sexual abuse have the support and services they need. What they need and deserve.” “These prosecutions demonstrate what we can do on behalf of both survivors and our communities when we cooperate with agencies.”
According to the statement, Vaughan allegedly allowed his sex trafficking victims to stay and “date” them back in his tent as long as they did not receive the proceeds of the commercial sex acts.
According to court documents, Vaughan brought his victims to hotels in Greeley Tribune, Chelsea, Saugus, the Cape, as well as Queens and places such as Manhattan, New York.
According to officials, Vaughn is also accused of forcing at least two of his victims to “walk” on “tracks” in and around Mass and Cass, Broadway in Chelsea and Times Square in Manhattan.
According to the statement, dating back to at least 2019, Vaughan allegedly engaged in both physical and sexual violence against his victims to manipulate and assert power over and control over his victims.
Authorities said Vaughan allegedly called himself “Ason the Pimp” and had a tattoo on his chest that read: “Pimp or Die,” officials said.
Charges of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and life in prison, five years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.
Charges of transporting a person for the purposes of prostitution carry up to 10 years in prison, up to three supervised releases, and a fine of up to $250,000.
The charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, three years and life under supervised release, and a fine of up to $1 million.
Sentencings are imposed by a federal district court judge based on US sentencing guidelines and statutes governing the determination of punishment in a criminal case.
Members of the public who believe they may be victims of this crime should contact [email protected],
If you or someone you know may be affected or is facing commercial sex trafficking, please visit polarisproject.org For information and resources.
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