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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 30, 2018

Lake Worth Man Indicted on Federal Charges for Sex and Labor Trafficking

A Lake Worth man has been charged federally with sex trafficking a minor and adults, and labor trafficking. 

Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Dave Aronberg, State Attorney of Palm Beach County, Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and Ric Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, (PBSO), made the announcement.

Alston Orlando Leroy Williams, 42, of Lake Worth, who has been living between Broward and Palm Beach Counties, was charged by indictment with one count of sex trafficking of a minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1591(a)(1) and (b)(2), three counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion, in violation of Title 18, United State Code, Section 1591(a)(1) and (b)(2), and one count of forced labor trafficking, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1589(a).  If convicted Williams faces a statutory maximum term of life in prison.  Williams is currently being detained without bond pending further court proceedings in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach.

            According to court records, from 2008 through 2017, Williams allegedly trafficked multiple women, including one as young as 16 years old, for sex throughout south Florida.  Williams had the women live at his homes and travel to hotels and other locations to meet adult men and engage in sex for money.  Williams allegedly used force, violence and coercion to traffic the women and kept all of the money they earned.  He was arrested on November 29, 2017 on related state charges, before being charged federally.

Mr. Greenberg commended the investigatory efforts of the FBI and PBSO, and thanked the Palm Beach County Human Trafficking Task Force and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office for their commitment to combatting these offenses.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory Schiller and Special Assistant United States Attorney Justin Hoover.

An indictment is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. 

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

 

Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
Updated March 30, 2018