Baltimore, Maryland - Charles Anderson, a/k/a “Chuck Corners,” a/k/a “Yowzer,” age 25, of Brooklyn, New York, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department.
According Anderson’s plea agreement, he assisted his co-conspirator, a long-time friend of Anderson’s, who targeted female prostitutes between the ages of 19 and 28, to force them to work for him by engaging in commercial sex acts in order to make money. Anderson helped his co-conspirator locate female prostitutes that were working alone (i.e., without the oversight of a pimp) by searching websites that hosted advertisements for commercial sex services, then called or text messaged the telephone numbers listed in the advertisements, masquerading as a prospective client, helping his co-conspirator to schedule a hotel “date” with prostitutes. On other occasions, Anderson agreed to loan his cellular phone to his co-conspirator so he could call the prostitutes directly from an unrecognized telephone number. Anderson knew that his co-conspirator intended forcibly to coerce the girls to work as his prostitutes.
Anderson and the co-conspirator shared an apartment in Brooklyn, where Anderson saw the co-conspirator bring female prostitutes against their will. The prostitutes stayed in the co-conspirator’s room, where Anderson sometimes overheard his co-conspirator physically assaulting the females and forcing them to perform sex acts. On one occasion in the Spring of 2010, his co-conspirator returned to the apartment with a prostitute who had been brought there against her will, while at least two additional females were already detained against their will within the co-conspirator’s bedroom. Anderson had agreed to monitor the involuntary detainees while his co-conspirator traveled for approximately six hours in search of an additional female prostitute in Maryland. Anderson also helped his co-conspirator locate female victims who had escaped. He was also aware that his co-conspirator had two firearms in the apartment, a .9mm pistol and a larger sub-machine gun, along with corresponding ammunition.
While his co-conspirator was incarcerated in the Spring of 2010, Anderson agreed to hold the prostitutes’ earnings, which he later provided to his co-conspirator. These prostitutes both received clients inside the apartment and attended “outcall dates,” meeting clients at locations outside of the apartment.
Anderson faces a maximum of life in prison for sex trafficking. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz has scheduled sentencing for June 14, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.
The case was investigated by the Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force, with assistance from the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, which was formed in 2007 to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders. Members of both task forces include federal, state and local law enforcement. The Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force also includes victim service providers and local community members. For more information about the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, please visit www.justice.gov/usao/md/Human-Trafficking/index.html.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI’s Baltimore and New York offices and the Montgomery County Police Department for their work in the investigation and thanked the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Department of Homeland Security and the New York Police Department for their assistance. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark W. Crooks and Paul E. Budlow, who are prosecuting the case.