Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Jail for Intercourse-Trafficking Throughout Miami Tremendous Bowl | USAO-SDFL
Miami, Florida – A New Haven, Connecticut man who coerced two ladies and a lady into promoting themselves for intercourse in Miami throughout Tremendous Bowl LIV was sentenced yesterday in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to 25 years’ imprisonment.
The sentence of 48-year-old Edward Walker follows his conviction after an eight-day trial in October 2021. In that trial, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alejandra L. López and Brian Dobbins introduced proof that in January 2020, Walker introduced two grownup ladies and a 17-year-old lady to Miami from Connecticut to interact in industrial intercourse acts through the Tremendous Bowl. Whereas in Miami, Walker emotionally, psychologically, and financially coerced the victims into soliciting prospects and having intercourse with them in change for cash, all of which Walker saved. Extra proof confirmed that after the Superbowl in Miami, Walker deliberate to take the victims to Chicago, Illinois (through the NBA All-Star Sport), New Orleans, Lousiana (throughout Mardi Gras), Las Vegas, Nevada, and different locations to additional sexually exploit them. The jury discovered Walker responsible of intercourse trafficking by power and coercion, intercourse trafficking of a minor and by power and coercion, and transporting an individual for sexual exercise.
United States Senior District Court docket Decide James I. Cohn imposed the sentence, which additionally features a supervised launch time period of 25 years following incarceration.
Walker will quickly be transported to the State of Connecticut the place he’ll face expenses in United States District Court docket for the District of Connecticut for the Manufacturing of Little one Pornography. As to these expenses, Walker is harmless except and till discovered responsible past an inexpensive doubt.
This case was introduced as a part of Mission Secure Childhood, a nationwide initiative to fight the rising epidemic of kid sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in Could 2006 by the Division of Justice. Led by the U.S. Lawyer’s Places of work and the Legal Divisions Little one Exploitation and Obscenity Part (CEOS), Mission Secure Childhood marshals federal, state, and native sources to higher find, apprehend, and prosecute people who exploit youngsters through the Web, in addition to to establish and rescue victims. For extra details about Mission Secure Childhood, please go to www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Juan Antonio Gonzalez, U.S. Lawyer for the Southern District of Florida; George L. Piro, Particular Agent in Cost, FBI Miami; and Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III, Director, Miami-Dade Police Division (MDPD), introduced the responsible verdict.
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Little one Exploitation and Human Trafficking Activity Pressure, in partnership with MDPD’s Human Trafficking Squad, and the South Florida Human Trafficking Activity Pressure. FBI New Haven; Homeland Safety Investigations Miami; Division of Well being and Human Companies, Workplace of Inspector Common, Miami Workplace; Miami Seaside Police Division; and Miami-Dade State Lawyer’s Workplace assisted.
To report suspected human trafficking or to acquire sources for victims, please name 1-888-373-7888; textual content “BeFree” (233733), or stay chat at HumanTraffickingHotline.org. The toll-free telephone, SMS textual content traces, and on-line chat perform can be found 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, twelve months a yr. Assist is on the market in English, Spanish, Creole, or in additional than 200 extra languages. The Nationwide Hotline will not be managed by legislation enforcement, immigration or an investigative company. Correspondence with the Nationwide Hotline is confidential and chances are you’ll request help or report a tip anonymously.
To be taught extra in regards to the Nationwide Useful resource Hotline go to www.humantraffickinghotline.org. To be taught extra in regards to the U.S. Division of Justice’s efforts to fight human trafficking go to www.justice.gov/humantrafficking.
Associated courtroom paperwork and knowledge could also be discovered on the web site of the District Court docket for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov, below case no. 20-cr-20087.