MADISON HEIGHTS — Police have arrested a man they believe was running a sex trafficking and prostitution operation in Madison Heights and other cities.
Dallas Ephraim Jordan-King, 23, was arraigned in 52-3 District Court in Auburn Hills Aug. 11 before Magistrate Marie Soma, charged with one count of forced labor/commercial sex, a 15-year felony; two counts of pandering, a 20-year felony; one count of accepting earnings of prostitution, a 20-year felony; one count of transportation for prostitution, a 20-year felony; one count of conducting a criminal enterprise, a 20-year felony; and one count of felony firearm, a two-year felony. He was given a $30,000 cash bond.
Separately, Jordan-King was arraigned in a separate case in the 50th District Court in Pontiac before Judge Michael Martinez on one count of producing child sexually abusive material, a 20-year felony. He received a $25,000 cash bond.
“Human trafficking and sex trafficking are heinous crimes made more complicated by the fact that they often cross the jurisdictions of multiple law enforcement agencies. Investigating and prosecuting crimes that occur within the borders of several municipalities, states or nations can create unique challenges as we pursue justice,” said Dana Nessel, state attorney general, in a statement. “But this case is a clear example of the collaborative relationship law enforcement agencies at all levels should strive for when taking actions to hold criminals accountable.”
Police believe that Jordan-King’s prostitution and sex trafficking enterprise ran from July 2018 through October 2019 in Madison Heights, Auburn Hills, Pontiac and elsewhere and that there were at least nine victims. Police say that Jordan-King would befriend young college-age women and groom them to engage in sexual activity for profit, benefitting Jordan-King. The suspect also allegedly engaged in sexual activity with a minor.
The investigation was initiated by the Auburn Hills Police Department with assistance from the FBI Oakland County Violence Crime and Gang Task Force, of which it is a member. Other members of the task force include the Madison Heights Police Department, as well as Michigan State Police, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, and the police departments of Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Novi, Southfield and Troy.
“Human trafficking is a modern-day scourge that must be ended,” said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard in a statement. “This case is a clear example of how this behavior will not be tolerated in Oakland County.”
Madison Heights Police Chief Corey Haines said that the Madison Heights officer assigned to the task force was instrumental in the investigation.
“The city of Madison Heights will not tolerate human trafficking,” Haines said in the statement, “and this case is one more excellent example of our dedication to eradicating this criminal activity from our city.”
In an interview following the bust, Madison Heights City Councilman David Soltis said that the city’s support of the task force is paying dividends.
“This has been one of the best investments we’ve ever made as a city, to stop the heinous human trafficking operations that have plagued this community and others for years,” Soltis said. “Now we’re starting to finally get a handle on it, and we’re in the process of eradicating it. This has been saving the lives of many individuals, including minors.
“And I want to give all the credit to our chief and the police officer on the FBI task force, as well as our city’s own Special Investigations Unit,” Soltis added. “We can’t name some of these heroes — we have to keep their identities anonymous, since they’re working undercover — but make no mistake: they are heroes.”
A message seeking comment from Jordan-King’s attorney, Richard Taylor, was not returned by press time.