For Immediate Release - September 14, 2016

Hyde Park Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Five to Seven Years in Prison for Trafficking Woman at Several Massachusetts Hotels

Defendant Coerced Woman into Sexual Servitude

SALEM – A Hyde Park man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to five to seven years in state prison on human trafficking and kidnapping charges in connection with coercing a woman into sexual servitude at several Massachusetts hotels, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Marquis Campbell, age 24, of Hyde Park, pleaded guilty on Monday in Essex Superior Court to the charges of Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude, Kidnapping, and Deriving Support from Prostitution.

After the plea was entered, Judge Kathe Tuttman sentenced Campbell to five to seven years in state prison, with four years of probation to serve upon completing his sentence. 

“Human trafficking is a pervasive issue in communities across our state,” said AG Healey. “We will continue to aggressively prosecute the pimps and traffickers who prey on our most vulnerable residents and profit off of their exploitation.”

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 Steven Diaz, age 34, of Everett, following a motor vehicle stop during which a woman in the backseat asked the state trooper for help.

They were later indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury in July 2014. In June, Diaz was found guilty by an Essex County jury and sentenced to five to eight years in state prison.

The AG’s investigation revealed that Campbell and Diaz picked up a woman days before the arrest and coerced her into providing sexual services for a fee in hotels in several Massachusetts communities, namely Saugus and Danvers, over a three-day period.

Campbell and Diaz took photos of the woman and subsequently used them to post advertisements offering sexual services on websites known to advertise prostitution. 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.

The AG’s Office has been aggressive in tackling the problem of human trafficking and led efforts to pass comprehensive human trafficking legislation in 2011. That law, which established the state crimes of human trafficking for sexual servitude and forced labor, has been a significant tool in the AG’s Office’s efforts to fight human trafficking as well as in the efforts of others across the state including law enforcement, advocates and public officials.

AG Healey’s Office has a dedicated Human Trafficking Division that focuses on policy, prevention and prosecution. It includes a team of specialized prosecutors, victim advocates and Massachusetts State Police troopers who handle high impact, multi-jurisdictional human trafficking investigations and prosecutions across the state. The division also works closely with other state, federal and local agencies and NGOs in the development of policy initiatives and training programs.

Through the Human Trafficking Division, the AG’s Office has charged more than 25 individuals in connection with human trafficking since the law was passed.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Snook, of the AG’s Human Trafficking Division, and Assistant Attorney General Kristyn Dusel, with assistance from Nikki Antonucci, Chief of the AG’s Victim Services Division, Financial Investigator Daniel DeAngelis, and Paralegals Stephanie Haven and Emily Bartlett. The investigation was conducted by the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office and Director Christopher Kelly and investigators from AG Healey’s Digital Evidence Lab, with assistance from Massachusetts State Police and the Essex District Attorney’s Office.