Columbia Man Pleads to Sex Trafficking of Under Age Females
Contact Person: Matt Austin (843) 727-4381
Charleston, South Carolina –----- Acting United States Attorney Beth Drake announced today that Da-Shun Curry a/k/a “Dae Dae,” age 23, of Columbia, pleaded guilty in federal court to Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking, a violation of Title 18, U. S. C. §1956(a)(1). U.S. District Judge David Norton, Charleston, South Carolina, presided over the hearing.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Curry transported female victims in interstate commerce to the North Charleston area for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that several victims were under the age of 18 and that force, fraud, or coercion would be used against all of the victims, regardless of their age, in order to compel the victims to engage in commercial sex acts. Curry admitted to his role in the conspiracy and to specifically trafficking three female victims under the age of 18.
Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date. The minimum sentence Curry could receive for Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking is 15 years in prison. The maximum sentence he could receive is life in prison.
The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security and City of North Charleston Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit. Assistant United States Attorney Matt Austin of the Charleston office is prosecuting the case.
Information regarding human trafficking should be reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), Polaris – Freedom Happens Now, 24-hour National Hotline: 1-888-373-7888.