Two Men Indicted in Connection with Human Trafficking, Kidnapping, Deriving Support from Prostitution
Men Allegedly Kidnapped Woman and Coerced Her into Prostitution; One of the Defendants Allegedly Raped Her
BOSTON – Two men have been indicted in connection with human trafficking, kidnapping, and deriving support from prostitution, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. One of the defendants allegedly raped the victim, after the defendants allegedly kidnapped and recruited her into prostitution.
Marquis Campbell, age 22, of Hyde Park, and Steven Diaz, age 32, of Boston, were indicted today by a Statewide Grand Jury on the charges of Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude, Kidnapping, and Deriving Support from Prostitution. Campbell was also charged with two counts of Rape.
“We allege that these defendants kidnapped a woman, transported her to multiple hotels and outcalls, coerced her to engage in commercial sex, and kept all of the profits from these encounters,” said AG Coakley. “We thank Massachusetts State Police and the Essex District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in this case.”
The AG’s Office, with assistance from the Essex District Attorney’s Office, began an investigation in May 2014 after Massachusetts State Police arrested Campbell and Diaz following a motor vehicle stop during which a woman in the backseat asked the state trooper for help.
Authorities allege that Campbell and Diaz kidnapped the woman days before the arrest and coerced her into prostitution over a three-day period.
Campbell and Diaz allegedly recruited the victim into prostitution and coerced her into providing sexual services for a fee in hotels in several Massachusetts communities, namely Saugus and Danvers.
The men allegedly took photos of the woman and subsequently used them to post advertisements offering sexual services on websites known to advertise prostitution. Authorities allege that they transported the victim to hotels and to outcalls, coerced her to engage in sexual acts with multiple men, monitored the money being earned, and ultimately collected all of the proceeds.
Campbell allegedly used threats of violence against the victim and raped her.
Campbell and Diaz were arrested by Massachusetts State Police on May 16. They were subsequently arraigned in Salem District Court on the same day. Both defendants were held without bail after a dangerousness hearing on May 23.
Campbell and Diaz were indicted today by a Statewide Grand Jury. They will be arraigned in Essex Superior Court at a later date.
These charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Snook, of the AG’s Human Trafficking Unit, with assistance from Division Chief Deb Bercovitch. Deputy Division Chief Nikki Antonucci of the AG’s Victim Services Division, Financial Investigator John Hubbard, and Paralegal Emily Bartlett are also assisting in the case. The investigation was conducted by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office and investigators from AG Coakley’s Computer Forensics Lab, with assistance from Massachusetts State Police and the Essex District Attorney’s Office.