BRONX MAN ADMITS ROLE IN SEX TRAFFICKING
OPERATION THAT INVOLVED PROSTITUTION OF MINORS
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that HARRY FRANKLIN, also known as “Streets” and “Uncle Stacks,” 27, of the Bronx, N.Y., pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport to one count of transportation of an individual with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. The charge stems from FRANKLIN’s involvement in an interstate prostitution enterprise that included the sex trafficking of two minor victims.
According to court documents and statements made in court, FRANKLIN facilitated the transportation of a woman and also a girl, who was 14-years-old at the time, from New York to Connecticut so that they could work in a prostitution business that Theodore Briggs was running out of an apartment in Norwalk, Conn. In pleading guilty, FRANKLIN admitted that, in November and December 2011, he and others transported the woman from Connecticut to New York to engage in prostitution. He also admitted that he facilitated the transportation of the minor victim across state lines to engage in commercial sex acts.
FRANKLIN is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall on January 13, 2011, at which time FRANKLIN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
FRANKLIN has been detained in federal custody since his arrest on February 8, 2011.
On October 25, Briggs, also known as “PeeJaye,” pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of an individual under the age of 18 with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. He awaits sentencing.
This matter is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Norwalk Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Alina P. Reynolds and Krishna R. Patel.
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