By Margaret Gillerman for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on July 3, 2013—
“A Chicago man was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on charges of transporting two women from Chicago to Missouri to Colorado and back for prostitution.
A grand jury indicted Jamall Brown, 29, of Chicago, on one felony count of persuading, inducing, enticing and coercing a person to travel in interstate transportation for purposes of prostitution.
Authorities said that St. Louis police responded to a report of a battered victim at St. Louis University Hospital emergency room. The victim, known as Jane Doe, told officers that she met Brown through a girlfriend in a Chicago hotel room after the two of them traveled there from Kentucky.
Jane Doe said that Brown was physically assaultive and that he forced her and another female, Jane Doe Two, to engage in prostitution by advertising on Backpage.cοm.
After several days, Brown transported them to St. Louis where they engaged in acts of prostitution, the affidavit said. After a few days he transported them to Denver, then eventually back to St. Louis. On June 28th, Doe told Brown that she wanted to stop prostituting and leave. Brown severely beat her and later dropped her off at the emergency room.
Brown could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the St. Louis and Maplewood Police Departments.
Assistant United States Attorney Howard Marcus is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt, according to a news release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri.”
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