three charged in sex trafficking and transportation case
ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Jodia Campbell, 32, Laree Greggs, 37, and Jennifer Miller, 26, all of Rochester, New York, were charged with various felonies including the transportation of a minor in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution and sex trafficking of a minor, United States Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. of the Western District of New York announced today. Sex trafficking of a minor and the transportation of a minor in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution each carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The transportation of individuals in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution carries a maximum of penalty of 10 years and a fine of $250,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaints, in April 2013, Rochester Police began investigating the alleged prostitution of a 16 year old female from Rochester, NY, using the name “Cherry Red” on backpage.com in Pennsylvania. According to the complaint, the 16-year-old alleged that she was recruited by Miller and taken to New Jersey and Pennsylvania to engage in prostitution by Miller, Campbell and Greggs. Other adult individuals also alleged having been transported by Greggs, Miller and Campbell at various times, out of state, to prostitute. Investigators reviewed backpage.com ads and found contact information associated with Miller, Campbell and Greggs.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys= Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The criminal complaint was the culmination of an investigation on the part of the FBI's Cyber Task Force, which includes the Rochester Police Department under the direction of Chief , the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Chief Patrick O’Flynn and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Brian Boetig, Special Agent in Charge.
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