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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Three Charged Of Sex Trafficking Of A MinorThird Sex Trafficking Prosecution In 10 Months

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BOSTON - In an indictment unsealed today, a Roxbury woman and two Boston men have been charged with sex trafficking of a minor. This is the third sex trafficking case within 10 months to be charged by United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz’s office.

Darian Thomson, a/k/a Bo, 29, of Boston, Corey Norris, a/k/a Case or Jacorey Johnson, 23, of Boston, and Vanessa Grandoit, 24, of Roxbury, were charged with sex trafficking of a minor victim and transportation of the minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. The sentence under the statute is a maximum of life in prison.

According to the indictment, in December 2012, Thomson, Norris and Grandoit conspired to transport a minor from Massachusetts to Rhode Island to engage in criminal sexual activity.

U.S. Attorney Ortiz; Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Harman Burkart of Ortiz’s Civil Rights Enforcement Team.

The details contained in the Indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The aggressive enforcement of federal civil rights laws is a top priority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Since U.S. Attorney Ortiz created the Civil Rights Enforcement Team (CRET) in May 2010, the Office has substantially increased its focus on civil and criminal civil rights enforcement. In recent months, the CRET has charged Michael Gemma and Darrell Graham in separate cases with sex trafficking.

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Updated December 15, 2014