Eight men are in federal custody on charges of sex trafficking of children. They were arrested following an investigation by the Fort Worth Police Department’s VICE Unit. The men went before a federal judge in Fort Worth on Tuesday and were officially charged and remain behind bars.
- Pierre Lagrone, aka “P” or “Pedro,” 33
- Robert Roseberry, aka “King Rose,” 29
- Herman Sanders, aka “Pooh,” 29
- Reginald Smith, aka “Green Light,” 28
- Demarcus Davis, aka “Zigg,” 25
- Kentrell Davis, aka “Zeal,” 24
- Cederrick Clarkson, aka “Ced” or “Spazz,” 25
- Terroderick Watts, aka “Silk,” 27
According to an affidavit in March of 2017, the Fort Worth Police Department’s VICE Unit conducted a recovery operation in response to a lead sent from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in reference to a suspected victim of Child Sex Trafficking.
Fort Worth police found a Backpage.com ad containing photographs of a minor female, Jane Doe 1, that advertised commercial sex acts. As a result of the operation, Jane Doe 1 was recovered. Additionally, two other minor females were also found in a closet located in Jane Doe 1’s hotel room at the time she was recovered.
The three females, and others, were victims of a child sex trafficking organization. Investigators say Lagrone, Roseberry, Sanders, Smith, D. Davis, K. Davis, Clarkson and Watts were members of that organization and recruited, advertised and sold several women, both adults and underage for the purpose of sex.
The suspects worked together as an organization by using some of the same underage and adult female victims to engage in sex acts, often working out of the same hotels. They transported female victims for the purpose of commercial sex acts, utilizing and sharing cellphones that were used to post ads for commercial sex on Backpage.com,
They also took pictures of the girls and women either nude or in their underwear and posted them as Backpage.com ads . The defendants were also frequently violent if the females angered them or did not follow their directions.
If convicted, the men face life in a federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
Source: U.S. Justice Department >>U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Texas
CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING IS MODERN DAY SLAVERY
Backpage.com is where many child sex traffickers do their business according to this mother called Nacole. She says her teenage daughter became a sex slave and ended up “in the hands of a very evil man.” He posted her daughter’s photo also on backpage.com. Listen to this very emotional story.