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Man is first charged under federal human trafficking law

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U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett announced Tuesday that his office has filed a nine-count federal indictment against an Indianapolis man for human trafficking. These are first-of-a-kind charges in Indiana, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Indiana.

The charges against Jerry Mitchell include sex trafficking, sex trafficking of a child and transporting a child to engage in prostitution. His arrrest comes after federal and local authorities joined forces to combat human trafficking and child exploitation.

He’s accused of transporting women and female minors to facilitate their prostitution activities and on a number of occasions sexually assaulting the female minors. He also allegedly made a video recording of the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old victim.

 This case was the result of a collaborative investigation spearheaded by the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans, one of 42 task forces nationwide funded by the department to address the issue of human trafficking. IPATH was created in 2006 and is chaired by the United States Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. The group meets regularly to collaborate on cases and projects, provide additional training to law enforcement, and raise awareness in our community about human trafficking.

If convicted, Mitchell faces up to life in federal prison.

 

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  1. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  2. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

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