"The victims were psychologically tortured, physically threatened, all so that this sex trafficking ring could make money off their backs."
SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY — Five alleged members of the Bloods gang were charged with a 44-count indictment for running a sex trafficking ring, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini.
"The victims were psychologically tortured, physically threatened, all so that this sex trafficking ring could make money off their backs," Sini said.
The sex trafficking ring was operated by Shati Roy, 31, whose last known address was in Shirley, Jamie E. Young aka "James," 47, of Bellport, Kelvin Jackson aka "Biggie," 37, of Medford, Jeffrey Eason aka "Fest," 54, of Mastic Beach, and Avion Gordon aka "G," 30, of Medford, Sini said.
Roy was charged with all 44 counts in the indictment, including 18 counts of sex trafficking, three counts of attempted sex trafficking, five counts of second degree promoting prostitution, attempted second degree promoting prostitution, three counts of third degree promoting prostitution, six counts of fourth degree conspiracy, two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and unlawful possession of marijuana, Sini said.
Young was charged with 27 counts of the indictment; Jackson was charged with 15 counts; and Eason was charged with 19 counts, all including the top charge of sex trafficking, Sini said. Gordon was charged with three counts of fourth degree conspiracy, Sini said.
On Dec. 14, 2017, Suffolk County Police detectives assigned to the district attorney's squad assisted the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in apprehending Roy and Young in the parking lot of a hotel in Holtsville, Sini said.
Roy and Young had transported four women to the hotel in a van for the purposes of forcing them to engage in prostitution, Sini said.
At the time of Roy's arrest, he was found in possession of heroin, crack cocaine, buprenorphine, or Suboxone, and marijuana, Sini said.
Roy also attempted to crush a quantity of crack cocaine that he had concealed in his underwear to evade its recovery by law enforcement, Sini said.
Following the arrest, an investigation was conducted by district attorney's squad detectives and the Suffolk County Police Department's human trafficking investigations unit, which revealed evidence of a sex trafficking ring led by Roy that was operating across Suffolk County between September 1 and Dec. 14, 2017, Sini said.
The operation was run in commercial establishments and residences in Shirley, Medford, Coram, Ridge, Ronkonkoma and Holtsville, Sini said.
The men charged used physical violence and threats of violence to coerce the victims into engaging in prostitution; they also provided the victism with drugs in order to impair their judgment and create a purported debt that needed to be repaid, Sini said.
"The defendants would charge the victims for lodging to put them up at various hotels and motels," Sini said. "They would charge these girls for the drugs that they were essentially forcing upon them, including cocaine and heroin, and would have the girls pay these debts by having sex with the customers of this sex trafficking ring."
Roy often imposed penalty fees on the victims for perceived violations of his operation, such as distributing their cell phone numbers to prospective "johns" without permission, and forced the victims to continue engaging in prostitution to pay off their debts, Sini said.
Advertisements for prostitution jobs, which included photographs and contact information for the victims, were posted by the defendants on classified ad listing websites, Sini said.
Roy, Jackson, Eason and Gordon were arraigned on the indictment Thursday in front of Suffolk County Acting Supreme Court Judge Fernando Camacho in Central Islip, Sini said. Bail for each was set at $1 million cash or $3 million bond, Sini said.
Young is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.
Roy, Young, Jackson and Eason each face a maximum of 25 years of imprisonment if convicted of the top count of sex trafficking, while Gordon faces a maximum of four years of imprisonment if convicted, Sini said.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Stacy Skorupa, of the enhanced prosecution bureau.
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