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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Brockton Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking

BOSTON – A Brockton man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Boston to sex trafficking charges.

Kwamaine J. Wells, 27, pleaded guilty to four counts of transportation of an individual with intent to engage in prostitution and one count of conspiracy to transport an individual for prostitution.  U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled sentencing for Dec. 1, 2016. 

Between April 2013 and February 2014, Wells transported four women between Maine, Massachusetts and New York with the intent that they engage in prostitution, and used force and threats to coerce two of the women to engage in prostitution.  Wells also allegedly conspired with a co-defendant to transport women between Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York with the intent that they engage in prostitution. 

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Matthew Etre, Special Agent in Charge of the Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Divison, made the announcement today.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Miranda Hooker and Leah Foley of Ortiz’s Civil Rights Enforcement Team.

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Human Trafficking
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Updated September 1, 2016