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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 7, 2015

Dorchester Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Transport An Individual For Prostitution

PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD

          CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE - Enoc Ayuso, 26, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, appeared in United States District Court on Thursday and pled guilty to conspiring to transport an individual in interstate commerce for prostitution, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Donald Feith.

          In February of 2014, the Homeland Security Investigations, Manchester, New Hampshire and the Salem, New Hampshire Police Department, with the assistance of the Boston Police Department, rescued a minor female who was engaging in prostitution from a Salem hotel room.  Upon further investigation, authorities identified multiple individuals who were involved in the scheme to transport the female from Boston, Massachusetts to Salem, New Hampshire for prostitution, including Ayuso.

          Ayuso is scheduled to be sentenced in November of 2015.

          “Ever since the passage of the Mann Act in 1948, the federal government has been investigating and prosecuting those who would transport individuals for the purpose of sexual activity.  The transportation of minors for purposes of commercial sex activity is particularly egregious and is a primary enforcement priority for federal law enforcement,” stated Acting United States Attorney Donald Feith.  “This office will work with local, state and federal law enforcement to secure convictions of and punishment for those who prey on children and use them for their financial advantage.”

          The case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations, Manchester, New Hampshire and the Salem, New Hampshire Police Department, in conjunction with the police departments of Boston, Massachusetts and Manchester, New Hampshire, as well as the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (NH ICAC).  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Nick Abramson and Helen Fitzgibbon.

          In February 2006, the Department of Justice introduced Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Updated August 7, 2015