LOS ANGELES – A Chicago man has been sentenced to 180 months in federal prison for luring two victims – both of whom were 19 at the time – from Canada with promises of promoting their modeling careers, but instead used force, fraud and coercion to cause the victims to engage in commercial sex acts, the Justice Department announced today.
Jerome Terry Jr., 45, was sentenced by United States District Judge Otis D. Wright II, who described Terry as “a danger to unsuspecting members of the public” and further remarked that a “lengthy term of incarceration is needed to protect the public.”
Terry pleaded guilty on July 19 to one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking.
Along with two co-conspirators, Terry set up a purported modeling management company called CanadianGirlzRock, Inc. to lure aspiring models to Los Angeles and other locations with the promise of modeling careers. In fact, Terry “intended and planned to recruit, entice, and transport the women to Los Angeles, or other locations, and to harbor, provide, obtain, and maintain the women to engage in commercial sex acts,” according to court documents.
After seeing photos of the first victim on social media, Terry contacted the woman, telling her she could come to Los Angeles to work as a model and event host. After the woman arrived in late April 2014, Terry used force, threats of force, fraud, and coercion to cause the victim to engage in commercial sex acts. The victim engaged in commercial sex acts with four clients over approximately four days until Los Angeles Police officers rescued her.
Terry contacted the second woman in late 2014 after seeing photos of her online and told her he would help with her modeling career. Terry told the victim she would need to perform acts of prostitution to make money to support her modeling career, but that the proceeds would be put toward her modeling or given to her to send to her family.
After the woman traveled to Los Angeles in early 2015, Terry used means of fraud – including the false and deceptive promises that he would put money from B.E.’s prostitution toward her modeling career or make the money available for her to send to her family – to cause the victim to engage in commercial sex acts with approximately 40 clients over approximately 10 days. When the victim asked Terry about the money, Terry became angry and broke her phone.
Terry has been in federal custody since his extradition from Canada in 2019. Two co-conspirators originally charged with Terry in this case have entered into diversion agreements.
Homeland Security Investigations investigated this matter, with the Los Angeles Police Department and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police providing substantial assistance.
Assistant United States Attorneys Wilson Park of the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section, Devon Myers of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section, and Maria Jhai of the General Crimes Section prosecuted this case.