Milwaukee sex trafficking arrest

The Department of Justice today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Milwaukee has indicted Najee C. Moore, 22, on charges of conspiracy, sex trafficking and attempted forced labor, of both minor and adult victims.

The indictment alleges that Moore engaged in the sex trafficking of two different minor victims in 2010 and 2012, respectively, and used force, fraud, and coercion to compel both adult and minor victims to engage in commercial sex acts. The indictment further charges the defendant with conspiring and attempting to compel a victim into forced labor.

The matter is being investigated by the FBI, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, Milwaukee Police Department and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karine Moreno-Taxman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and Trial Attorney Daniel H. Weiss of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.

An indictment is merely an accusation, and the subject is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.


Chicago is the fourth human trafficking destination.

The Chicago metropolitan area is fourth out of the top 20 human trafficking jurisdictions listed by the U.S. Department of Justice. More than 60 percent of human trafficking victims are U.S. citizens, ATLAST officials said.

That story and others drew a crowd of more than 100 to the Attorneys Targeting Labor and Sex Trafficking event. ATLAST is an offshoot of the Elgin-based Administer Justice organization, which offers free legal aid to low-income clients.

The Chicago metropolitan area is fourth out of the top 20 human trafficking jurisdictions listed by the U.S. Department of Justice. More than 60 percent of human trafficking victims are U.S. citizens, ATLAST officials said.

Elgin police noticed growth in the number of residences being used as brothels in 2010 and 2011, Detective Sgt. Jim Lullo said.

Frequently, the women were “moved around to different locations in the Fox Valley from Elgin to Aurora to Little Village (in Chicago) to Waukegan,” Lullo said. “Some were as young as 15 to 16.”

While some victims are physically prevented from escaping, traffickers also use psychological manipulation.

There’s a significant fear component, and it’s deepened for those who are in the country illegally, said Sarah Flagel, a legal specialist at World Relief DuPage/Aurora.

A number of recent trafficking cases have made headlines in the suburbs.

• Two Chicago men were charged with trafficking and promoting prostitution involving a 23-year-old downstate woman following a police stop in Mundelein April 3.

• A Loves Park man was charged with involuntary sexual servitude of a minor and human trafficking Jan. 2 after Arlington Heights police found him with a 16-year-old girl at a motel.

• A Glenview man who ran a massage parlor in Mount Prospect was sentenced to life in prison in November 2012 after convictions for sex trafficking and forced labor. His victims included women from the Ukraine and Belarus.

Referring to the recent case of the three Cleveland women kidnapped and kept in captivity 10 years, panelists urged the public to inform authorities if they see anything suspicious.

“Please bother us, please call us,” Lullo said. “You need to call us so we can go out and take a look at things.”

Along with local authorities, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at (888) 373-7888 can provide information on how to get help.

Sponsors for Saturday’s forum also included the Elgin Police Department and Willow Creek Community Church.\

Lake County Arrest

A Lake County Sheriff’s deputy has been accused of soliciting sex from a prostitute.

Eric Francke, 33, was charged with one count of obstruction of justice and one count of solicitation of a sexual act.

According to Mundelein police, during a routine traffic stop on April 3, where two other offenders were charged with involuntary servitude for holding a prostitute against her will, police somehow learned that Francke had also, on another occasion, solicited this same prostitute.

According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, Francke obstructed justice by deleting text messages exchanged with the prostitute. They also claim he offered “a person not his spouse, $300 to perform an act of sexual penetration.”

Francke’s bond was set at $10,000, and he was released after posting the required 10 percent.

Francke been with the sheriff’s office since September 2008. He is currently on administrative leave without pay.

Two Chicago men were arrested by Mundelein police April 3 on allegations they forced a 23-year-old downstate woman to work for them as a prostitute, Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther said Monday. Aaron Thurmond, 22, and Jeffrey Horton, 27, were charged with trafficking in persons/involuntary servitude, promoting prostitution and money laundering.

Guenther said Thurmond, Horton and the Champaign-area woman were traveling through Mundelein about 11:15 p.m. when an officer noticed the headlights of their vehicle were turned off. The officer made a traffic stop, Guenther said, and searched the vehicle.

During the search, police said, the woman told officers she was paid $300 to have sex with a man in Wauconda and was heading to meet another man in Antioch.

That man turned out to be Francke, Guenther confirmed.

“From there, all the information was turned over to the state’s attorney’s office and charges were handled by them,” he said. “We also contacted the sheriff’s office to ensure this was handled in the most appropriate way.”

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