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Friday, July 7, 2017

Leader Of Brooklyn Sex Trafficking Ring Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison

Defendant Ran Prostitution Business From His Bedford-Stuyvesant Brownstone, Using Facebook to Lure Women and Underage Girls for Sex Parties

Earlier today in federal court in Brooklyn, Brian Adams, leader of a Brooklyn-based sex trafficking ring, was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment and 10 years’ supervised release by United States District Judge Jack B. Weinstein, based on his guilty plea last February to sex trafficking young women in Brooklyn. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $10,500 to the victim identified in the indictment as Jane Doe #4.

The sentence was announced by Bridget M. Rohde, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI).

Beginning in 2004, the defendant trafficked and attempted to traffic numerous young women and girls, some as young as 12-years-old, for sex with adult men in Brooklyn. The defendant arranged sex dates for these young women and girls, and had them attend sex parties. The defendant ran the prostitution business from his home in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, where many of these young women lived while they worked for him. He also subjected one of the young women, Jane Doe #1, to violence, forcing her to prostitute herself, and directed one of his workers to use Facebook to solicit underage women for the defendant’s sex parties, where adult men would pay the underage women for sex.

"The defendant’s conduct severely harmed numerous young women and girls, some of whom were still in middle school when preyed upon by the defendant and his co-conspirators. “This prosecution and sentence demonstrate that those who seek to profit from the sexual exploitation of others will be held accountable,” stated Acting United States Attorney Rohde.

It defies explanation why men knowingly seek out girls as young as 12-years-old for sex, but the subject in this case knew he could make money offering up a service that attracts a vile clientele,” Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney stated. “He forced his young victims into a world most adults wouldn’t be able to cope with physically, or mentally. We won’t stop going after each and every criminal who exploits children and uses them for their own selfish profits.”

At sentencing, Jane Doe #1 recounted in a written statement that the defendant forced her to have sex beginning when she was 14-years-old, physically abused her, and threatened to have her and her family deported. Because of this abuse, Jane Doe # 1 stated, “I have tried to kill myself, and if it were not for my children I would continue to try. I am in therapy and can’t foresee the day I will be able to do without therapy.” She concluded, “Yet, I don’t want Mr. Adams to think he broke me. I try every day to become stronger. He will not win by having me destroyed for my entire life. I try each day to be stronger and to become the great mother that I know I can be. He tried to kill me in so many ways every day but I refuse to let that happen to me.”

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Civil Rights Section. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael P. Robotti and Hiral D. Mehta are in charge of the prosecution.

The Defendant:

 

BRIAN ADAMS

Age: 35

Brooklyn, New York

 

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 14-CR-650

Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
Project Safe Childhood
Violent Crime
Contact: 
John Marzulli Tyler Daniels United States Attorney’s Office (718) 254-6323
Updated July 7, 2017