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07/29/2013

Illinois woman arrested for conspiring with Maryland man to engage in violent sex trafficking scheme

GREENBELT, Md. – An Illinois woman was arrested Monday in Las Vegas after being charged in a superseding 12-count indictment, along with a Maryland man, for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking where the pair allegedly used guns, threats and violence to force victims into prostitution.

The arrest of Brittney Creason, aka Kitty Amor, 19, of Decatur, Ill., follows an investigation being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Montgomery County Police Department.

Creason and Jean Claude Roy, aka Dredd the Don and Dreddy, 31, of Germantown, Md., were charged in a July 24 indictment filed in the District of Maryland. Roy is also charged with sex trafficking and attempted sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion; interstate transportation for prostitution; possession and brandishing of a firearm during a crime of violence; and witness and evidence tampering. Roy, who was charged in an initial indictment, remains detained.

"Protecting our communities from those who engage in human trafficking is a top priority for HSI," said William Winter, special agent in charge of HSI Baltimore. "As a member of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, HSI is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to investigate human trafficking, as well as working with our local non-governmental, community-based and faith-based organizations to identify, rescue and assist victims of trafficking."

According to the indictment, between August and September 2012, Roy forced an individual to engage in commercial sex acts, transported the victim across state lines to engage in prostitution and brandished a gun to facilitate the sex trafficking. The indictment further alleges that in December, Roy and Creason conspired to force three individuals to engage in commercial sex acts. As part of the conspiracy, Roy and Creason are alleged to have recruited and transported females from Illinois and North Carolina, with the intent to have those women engage in prostitution. According to the indictment, Roy forced one of the victims to engage in sex acts with him, while Creason held her down. The indictment alleges that Roy forced the women to engage in prostitution by threatening them with physical force and death, brandishing a firearm and by bragging about beating murder charges. Finally, the indictment alleges that from Jan. 1 to 10, while Roy was in jail on related state charges, he made numerous telephone calls to an individual and had that person access online accounts and storage services belonging to Roy and Creason in order to erase evidence related to these charges.

Roy and Creason face a maximum sentence of life in prison for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. Roy faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison on each of two counts of sex trafficking and two counts of attempted sex trafficking; a mandatory sentence of seven years for first count of brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence and a mandatory sentence of 25 years for second count, consecutive to any other sentence imposed, and a maximum of life in prison; a maximum of 10 years in prison for each of four counts of interstate transportation for prostitution; and a maximum of 20 years in prison for witness and evidence tampering. No court appearance has been scheduled for the defendants in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

This case was investigated by the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, formed in 2007 to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders. Members include federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as victim service providers and local community members. For more information about the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, please visit www.justice.gov/usao/md/Human-Trafficking/index.html.

Report suspected instances of human trafficking to HSI's tip line at 866-DHS-2ICE (1-866-347-2423) or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristi N. O’Malley, and Trial Attorney William E. Nolan of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division's Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.