Multiple convictions in federal sex trafficking case


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Eight people will no longer be able to sex traffic children or prostitute adults in Indianapolis.

The United States Attorney for the southern district of Indiana announced their prison sentences today for two different cases.

“Sex trafficking, particularly of children, has no place in this country,” said Josh J. Minkler. “Our children should be able to grow up without being offered for sale by adults who seek to profit from their vulnerability.”

The first happened out of a motel on the eastside of Indianapolis.

It started in 2013 and went on for 2 years. Four people with varying degrees of involvement were arrested in that case — United States v. James Young.

Young was sentenced to 26 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release and was ordered to pay $450,000 in restitution to five victims. Raheem Simmons pleaded guilty to interstate travel and transportation. He was sentenced to a term of two years imprisonment, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $2000 in restitution to an identified victim. Another defendant, in a sealed case, pleaded guilty to her role in conspiring to prostitute adults and minors. The fourth offender was not mentioned.

Another four were sentenced for trafficking kids and prostituting adults at two houses on the westside back in the fall of 2016.

Defendant Garcia-Herrera was sentenced to 20 years in prison for trafficking two minor girls. The second defendant, Vaughn Isom, pleaded guilty to interstate transportation and travel in aid of racketeering for his role in promoting prostitution and the sale of illegal narcotics. Rhonda Badger has also pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. Defendant Tyrece Jones pleaded guilty to the sex trafficking of a minor child and will be sentenced on July 27, 2018.