A “Bloods” gang member from Long Island has been charged with alleged sex trafficking, interstate prostitution, and child pornography.
Joshua Lampley-Reid, age 26, of West Hempstead, a member of the Makk Balla set of the Bloods, was arrested and Wednesday, June 9, and arraigned on the charges on Thursday, June 10, according to Mark J. Lesko, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
Lampley-Reid was charged with sex trafficking, coercion, and enticement of minors, sexual exploitation of a minor, transportation of child pornography, and interstate prostitution.
“As alleged, through violence, coercion, and manipulation, the defendant exploited and demeaned both underage and adult female victims by forcing them to engage in commercial sex acts and posting sexually explicit photographs of them on the internet,” said Lesko.
According to court documents, from December 2019 until his arrest, Lampley-Reid allegedly used violence and the threat of violence to compel the commission of commercial sex acts by numerous women for his financial benefit, including by minors as young as 15-years-old.
Lampley-Reid used social media and other internet applications to establish relationships with potential victims, groomed those victims by feigning a romantic interest in them, manipulated them into working for him as prostitutes, and then effectively enslaved them through acts of force and coercion, the court filings show.
In addition, Lampley-Reid demanded that the proceeds of “dates” be turned over to him, and any resistance from the victims was met with violence or threats.
Lampley-Reid trafficked victims on Long Island, including at motels in East Meadow, Freeport, and Rockville Centre, as well as out of state, including locations in Florida, Maryland, and North Carolina, court documents show.
He also engaged in sexual intercourse with his victims, including minors, and provided them with illegal narcotics.
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