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NORWALK MAN SENTENCED TO 33 MONTHS IN
FEDERAL PRISON FOR ROLE IN ILLEGAL PROSTITUTION RING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2012

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that GIOVANNI VAZQUEZ, also known as “Screech,” 24, of Norwalk, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 33 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his participation in an interstate prostitution ring, which included the sex trafficking of two minor victims.
  
According to court documents and statements made in court, VAZQUEZ, Theodore Briggs, Harry Franklin and others transported women and minors, including a 14-year-old and a 17-year-old, between Connecticut, New York and New Jersey to engage in commercial sex acts.  VAZQUEZ primarily served as a driver for Briggs, who operated the illegal prostitution enterprise out of his Norwalk apartment.  Briggs also posted photographs of women and minors on a website known as Backpage.com to advertise their prostitution services.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners are committed to investigating and prosecuting sex trafficking crimes, particularly those that involve the victimization of minors,” stated U.S. Attorney Fein.  “I commend ICE Homeland Security Investigations and the Norwalk Police Department for the coordinated effort that dismantled this illegal prostitution ring and brought these defendants to justice.”

VAZQUEZ has been detained since his arrest on January 2, 2011.  On September 29, 2011, he pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of an individual with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Briggs and Franklin also pleaded guilty.  On January 27, 2012, Briggs, also known as “PeeJaye,” was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment.  On February 1, 2012, Franklin, also known as “Streets” and “Uncle Stacks,” was sentenced to 51 months of imprisonment.

This matter was investigated by ICE Homeland Security Investigations and the Norwalk Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Alina P. Reynolds and Krishna R. Patel.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT:

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

 

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