Former New York Man Sentenced to 15 Months for Interstate Transportation of a Person for Prostitution
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Donovan Miller, 30, formerly of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge Nancy Torresen to 15 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release for transporting an individual in interstate commerce with the intent that she engage in prostitution. He was also ordered to pay $500 in restitution to his victim.
Court records reveal that on March 29, 2014, Miller, the female victim, and a third person traveled from Portland to New York City by bus. Upon arriving in New York City shortly after midnight, Miller took the victim and the third person to a hotel, and introduced them to another woman he had known for a long time. Advertisements for the victim’s prostitution services thereafter were posted on Backpage.com under the phone number of Miller’s long-time acquaintance.
The District of Maine is one of six districts designated through a competitive, nationwide selection process as a Phase II Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam), through the interagency ACTeam Initiative of the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Labor. ACTeams focus on developing high-impact human trafficking investigations and prosecutions involving forced labor, international sex trafficking and sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion through interagency collaboration among federal prosecutors and federal investigative agencies.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Westbrook Police Department.