Members of Eastern European Prostitution Ring Sentenced in Federal Court
Orlando, FL - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge John A. Antoon, II yesterday sentenced six members of an Eastern European prostitution ring. The following individuals were sentenced: Tatiana Belinschi (26, Moldova) was sentenced to 16 months’ prison followed by three years of supervised release; Alexandr Postica (25, Moldova) was sentenced to 15 months’ prison followed by three years of supervised release; Aleksandra Liubina (24, Russia) was sentenced to time served (approximately 5 months) followed by one year of supervised release; Natalia Fedorova (24, Russia) was sentenced to time served (approximately 5 months) followed by one year of supervised release; and, Alina Priadko (25, Ukraine) was sentenced to time served (approximately 12 months) followed by one year of supervised release. Saida Babaeva, who was also convicted, is set for sentencing on Monday, February 27, 2012.
All of the individuals had been found guilty on December 6, 2011.
According to the indictment and the 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 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 the 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.