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Northern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 29, 2017

Richmond Man Charged With Sex Trafficking By Force, Threats Of Force, Fraud, And Coercion

OAKLAND - A federal grand jury indicted Marcus Antonio Redick, aka “Stacks,” aka “Domanni Sellers,” for the sex trafficking of a victim by force, threats of force, fraud, and coercion, announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge, John F. Bennett. 

According to the indictment filed on September 28, 2017, and unsealed today, Redick, 36, of Richmond, Calif., is alleged to have recruited, enticed, obtained, harbored, and transported a victim in or affecting interstate commerce knowing that force and threats of force would be used to cause that victim to engage in a commercial sex act.  The indictment charges Redick with one count of violating 18 U.S.C. § 1591(a)(1).  

Redick was arrested this morning, and he made his initial appearance in the Oakland federal courthouse today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore.  Redick is currently in federal custody pending further hearings, the next of which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on October 5, 2017, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu, for status regarding detention.  

The maximum statutory penalties for a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1591(a) are life in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime term of supervised release.  Redick also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, and a mandatory minimum term of supervised release of 5 years.  In addition, there is a mandatory special assessment of $100, and the Court may order restitution and forfeiture.  However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court only after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, namely, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.  

An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Gullotta is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Julissa Rey and Vanessa Vargas.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oakland Police Department. 

Anyone who suspects instances of human trafficking are strongly encouraged to call the FBI or the Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.  Anonymous calls are welcome.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.  Indeed, a NCMEC tip led to the discovery and rescue of a victim in this case.  
 

Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
Project Safe Childhood
Violent Crime
Updated September 29, 2017