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Connecticut man convicted of intercourse trafficking girls, teen at Super Bowl

A Connecticut pimp has been convicted of intercourse trafficking two girls and a teen ultimately yr’s Super Bowl and now faces as much as life in jail, officers stated.

A Fort Lauderdale, Fla. jury discovered Edward Walker, 48, of New Haven, responsible final week of two counts of intercourse trafficking by drive and coercion and transporting an individual for sexual exercise through the 2020 Super Bowl, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida said Friday.

Prosecutors stated Walker took two girls and a 17-year-old lady from Connecticut to Miami in January 2020 forward of Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, the place he coerced them to promote intercourse for cash – “all of which” he saved.

Walker had additionally plotted taking the ladies to Chicago through the NBA’s All-Star Game in February and to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the place he deliberate to additional sexually exploit them, prosecutors stated.

A felony grievance obtained by the Miami Herald reveals Walker was busted after an undercover officer answered a web-based advert for a intercourse employee named “Foxxy,” whom the investigator met at a Comfort Suites Inn in Kendall in January.

“Foxxy” stated the opposite lady, the 17-year-old and Walker had been planning to maneuver to Arizona from Connecticut however headed to Miami forward of the Super Bowl. Walker then took them to a strip membership and tried to get them jobs, however they weren’t employed as a result of they didn’t have identification, in line with the grievance.

“Foxxy” stated Walker purchased the ladies excessive heels and “ordered” them to stroll round Ocean Drive, the place they had been compelled to prostitute themselves for intercourse acts. Walker additionally threatened to punch the 17-year-old if she didn’t earn him sufficient cash promoting her physique, the grievance states.

Walker then determined to promote on-line when the 2 girls and teenage didn’t make any cash. The 17-year-old additionally informed investigators Walker had beforehand marketed on backpage.com and had taken her to Texas earlier than, the Miami Herald reported.

Walker, who was additionally charged with production of child pornography in June, faces as much as life in jail when he’s sentenced on Jan. 6, federal prosecutors stated.

The FBI announced Walker’s arrest in February 2020, saying he was one among three folks arrested by its Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force on federal intercourse trafficking expenses through the Super Bowl festivities.

Despite massive occasions being seen as hubs for intercourse trafficking, the FBI stated “no reliable data” reveals a rise of human trafficking” at large-scale “national” occasions.

“The reporting of human trafficking crimes occurs more often in some regions of the U.S. than others or is prevalent during large events,” the FBI stated. “Unfortunately, human trafficking is not restricted to one area and can happen anywhere and at any time.”