Guatemalan Nationwide Convicted After 9-Day Federal Trial for Intercourse Trafficking of a Minor and Associated Fees | USAO-MD
Baltimore, Maryland – A federal jury convicted Feliciano de Jesus Diaz-Martinez, a/okay/a Alex, age 43, of Owings Mills, Maryland, yesterday for intercourse trafficking of a kid, enticement of a minor to interact in prostitution, intercourse trafficking by power, fraud and coercion, and distribution of a managed substance. Diaz-Martinez has been in custody since his indictment on July 25, 2019.
The responsible verdict was introduced by United States Legal professional for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Particular Agent in Cost James R. Mancuso Homeland Safety Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; Chief Melissa R. Hyatt of the Baltimore County Police Division; and Baltimore County State’s Legal professional Scott Shellenberger.
In line with the proof introduced at his nine-day trial, from no less than 2016 by way of Could 2019, Diaz-Martinez, a Guatemalan nationwide in the US illegally, induced greater than eight people, together with minors, to interact in business intercourse acts for his personal monetary profit via power, fraud, and coercion. Trial testimony confirmed that Diaz-Martinez knew that Sufferer 1 was 16 years outdated when he first induced her to interact in business intercourse acts. Sufferer 1 continued to work for Diaz-Martinez till she was roughly 18 years outdated. The proof proved that just about all the victims that Diaz-Martinez induced to interact in business intercourse acts suffered from critical substance abuse problems, together with addictions to heroin, crack cocaine, and Xanax. Diaz-Martinez took half or all the cash earned by the victims working for him, and offered a number of the victims narcotics, typically at costs considerably greater than he paid to buy the medication.
As detailed in trial testimony, Diaz-Martinez maintained a community of mates and associates who paid to interact in business intercourse acts with the victims Diaz-Martinez marketed and made accessible to them. Diaz-Martinez despatched his prospects photos of the victims accessible for business intercourse and set the costs that prospects would pay to interact in intercourse acts with the victims he managed. Diaz-Martinez then transported, or induced to be transported, victims to his prospects’ houses, or to lodge rooms he rented, to interact in business intercourse acts. The proof confirmed that Diaz-Martinez additionally invited prospects to interact in business intercourse acts with victims in his residence and in a storage unit that he rented.
Witnesses testified that Diaz-Martinez maintained a number of totally different accounts in alias names on a social media platform, which he used to recruit and talk with the victims as a way to entice them to work for him and interact in business intercourse acts, together with many customers he had by no means met. The jury discovered that Diaz-Martinez typically provided the customers he communicated with heroin and crack cocaine, known as “boy” and “lady,” in trade for participating in business intercourse along with his prospects. Diaz-Martinez additionally directed the victims working for him to recruit their mates, lots of whom have been additionally hooked on narcotics, to interact in business intercourse for his monetary profit.
A number of victims testified that Diaz-Martinez incessantly demanded that they interact in intercourse acts with him, freed from cost, and that he retaliated in opposition to the victims if he was not personally happy with the sexual encounter. Diaz-Martinez additionally retaliated in opposition to victims who violated his guidelines, didn’t earn adequate cash from business intercourse, or in any other case displeased him in plenty of methods, together with, abandoning them at prospects’ houses and on roadsides with out their belongings or transportation and withholding medication from the victims whom he knew to be addicted.
Diaz-Martinez faces a compulsory minimal sentence of 10 years in jail and a most of life in jail for intercourse trafficking of a minor and for enticement of a minor to interact in prostitution; a minimal necessary sentence of 15 years and as much as life in jail for every of 4 counts of intercourse trafficking by power, fraud, and coercion; and a most of 20 years in jail for distribution of managed substances. U.S. District Decide Ellen L. Hollander has scheduled sentencing for February 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
This case was investigated by the Maryland Human Trafficking Activity Pressure, fashioned in 2007 to find and rescue victims of human trafficking whereas figuring out and prosecuting offenders. Members embrace federal, state and native regulation enforcement, in addition to sufferer service suppliers and area people members. For extra details about the Maryland Human Trafficking Activity Pressure, please go to http://www.justice.gov/usao/md/priorities_human.html.
Report suspected situations of human trafficking to HSI’s tip line at 866-DHS-2ICE (1-866-347-2423) or by finishing its online tip form. Each are staffed across the clock by investigators.
United States Legal professional Erek L. Barron recommended HSI Baltimore, the Baltimore County Police Division and the Baltimore County State’s Legal professional’s Workplace for his or her work within the investigation. Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mary W. Setzer and P. Michael Cunningham, who’re prosecuting the case.
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