Federal Jury Convicts Members Of Eastern European Prostitution Ring
Orlando, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that today a federal jury found six members of an Eastern European prostitution ring guilty of various federal crimes, including conspiracy, traveling in interstate and foreign commerce to promote a prostitution business, and using facilities of interstate commerce to promote a prostitution business. In total, the jury convicted these individuals on eighteen of nineteen charges against them. Those convicted were Tatiana Belinschi (26, Moldova), Alexandr Postica (25, Moldova), Saida Babaeva (29, Russia), Aleksandra Liubina (24, Russia), Natalia Fedorova (24, Russia), and Alina Priadko (25, Ukraine). A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for February 23, 2012.
According to the indictment and evidence presented at trial, a number of aliens worked together in a commercial sex business that sought to make money by providing sexual services and other services for money in Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, and Massachusetts. The above-named individuals were in the country illegally and were not authorized to work during the time periods alleged in the indictment.
The sole remaining fugitive on the indictment, Roman Caraiman (24, Moldova), has fled the country and is being sought through an international arrest warrant. Any information about his whereabouts should be communicated to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, and other law enforcement agencies in Georgia, Ohio, Massachusetts, and other jurisdictions in Florida. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United State Attorneys J. Bishop Ravenel and Tanya Davis Wilson.