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A county judge this week handed down a prison sentence for the second of two men convicted on charges related to human trafficking and prostitution throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.

Barry C. Schiff was sentenced Thursday in Lancaster County Court to a minimum of 55 and a half years in state prison, according to a news release from Pennsylvania State Police.

Schiff’s co-defendant, Kenneth J. Crowell, 36, of Sommers Point, New Jersey, had been sentenced Feb. 18 to at least 39 years in prison. Schiff’s sentencing was delayed several times while he remained in custody in Lancaster County Prison.

Neither the news release nor court records list a hometown for Schiff, who was described as 52 years old at the time of Crowell’s sentencing. Court records do not list his date of birth.

Crowell and Schiff were arrested in November 2017 and were convicted at trial two years later.

Their arrests followed an investigation into sex worker human trafficking opened in April 2017 by members of the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Special Investigations Unit.

Troopers working undercover responded to several advertisements posted on websites known for sex trafficking and “arranged dates” with women posted in the ads, according to the release. Several women sought assistance to escape sexual servitude.

An investigating grand jury concluded that Crowell and Schiff conducted a corrupt organization involved in the human trafficking of young women for the commercial sex trade. Both men recruited young women for their organization. Crowell was responsible for posting the advertisements and communicating with the customers. Schiff used drugs to lure some of the victims into prostitution and then control them.

The crimes were committed in Lancaster, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York counties in Pennsylvania as well as South Jersey, authorities previously said.

The pair were convicted on the following charges:

Crowell

  • Corrupt Organizations (1 Count)
  • Conspiracy, Corrupt Organizations (1 Count)
  • Trafficking in Individuals (6 Counts)
  • Involuntary Servitude (4 Counts)
  • Conspiracy, Involuntary Servitude (1 Count)
  • Promoting Prostitution (2 Counts)
  • Criminal use of Communication Facility (1 Count)
  • Conspiracy-Trafficking in Individuals (1 Count)

Schiff

  • Corrupt Organizations (1 Count)
  • Conspiracy, Corrupt Organizations (1 Count)
  • Trafficking in Individuals (5 Counts)
  • Involuntary Servitude (3 Counts)
  • Conspiracy, Involuntary Servitude (1 Count)
  • Promoting Prostitution (2 Counts)
  • Criminal use of Communication Facility (1 Count)
  • Conspiracy-Trafficking in Individuals (1 Count)
  • Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with intent to deliver or manufacture of a controlled substance (1Count)

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Kurt Bresswein may be reached at kbresswein@lehighvalleylive.com.


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