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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 16, 2016

Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Sex Trafficking of a Minor

Baltimore, Maryland –Steven B. Boyd, a/k/a “Gotti,” age 37, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to sex trafficking of a minor.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Andre R. Watson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Commissioner Kevin Davis of the Baltimore Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby.

According to his plea agreement, an undercover enforcement operation conducted by Baltimore City Police officers during an investigation of sex trafficking of minors, identified Boyd as a pimp who caused two minor girls to engage in commercial sex acts for his own financial benefit.  Boyd knew the two girls were under 18 years of age when he recruited them to work for him.  During the investigation, five other women over the age of 18 were also identified as working for Boyd, including two women who traveled from other states to Maryland to work for Boyd.

According to his plea agreement, Boyd paid for hotel rooms for the women to engage in commercial sex acts. Forensic examination of Boyd’s phone as well as information provided by the women and girls working for Boyd showed that he also paid for online ads for the women and girls to engage in commercial sex acts.  According to the girls and women working for him, Boyd took all the money they made from commercial sex acts.  Boyd transported the girls and women on “outcalls,” taking to them to hotel rooms and residences to engage in prostitution, as well as transporting them to other states.  Boyd provided the girls and women with telephones to communicate with him about their commercial sex activities.

Boyd faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison for sex trafficking of a minor.  U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar has scheduled sentencing for April 26, 2017.  Boyd remains detained.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the "resources" tab on the left of the page.                    

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended HSI Baltimore, the Baltimore City Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zachary A. Myers and Rachel M. Yasser, who are prosecuting the case.

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Human Trafficking
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Updated December 16, 2016