West Hempstead Man Arraigned On Sex Trafficking Of Minors: Feds | #tinder | #pof | #match | #sextrafficking


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CENTRAL ISLIP, NY — A West Hempstead was indicted Thursday on multiple counts involving sex with a minor, the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a statement.

Joshua Lampley-Reid, a member of the Makk Balla portion of the Bloods street gang, faces charges of sex trafficking, coercion and enticement of a minor. He also faces sexual exploitation of a minor, transportation of child pornography and interstate prostitution, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

He was expected to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.

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“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,” Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Mark Lesko said in a statement.

Lampley-Reid trafficked victims on Long Island, including at motels in East Meadow, Freeport and Rockville Centre, according to court documents, as well as out of state, including locations in Florida and Maryland.

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“Lampley-Reid lured young girls, some as young as 15, with romantic gestures,” Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Peter Fitzhugh said in a statement. “Once he had them in his grip, it’s alleged that he enslaved these girls and used violence to force
them to work as prostitutes for his insidious gain.”

If convicted of sex trafficking of a minor, Lampley-Reid faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years behind bars and a maximum of life in prison. He could face an additional 15 to 30 years in prison if convicted of producing child pornography, Lesko’s office in a statement.

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