Federal prosecutors today announced the indictment of a Long Beach man accused of meeting women on Craigslist in order to force them into being his prostitutes.
Roshaun Nakia Porter, who also goes by Kevin, operated a prostitution ring in Orange County -- and filled its ranks by luring vulnerable women into relationships with him, then threatening them and their families -- according to a government press release. Porter, 36, allegedly met the women by placing on Craigslist and SeekingArrangement. He let them believe he was interested in a normal monogamous relationship, then pressed them into becoming sex traffickers, prosecutors say.
He was arraigned Monday in federal court after being indicted by a federal grand jury. Porter is charged with two counts of sex trafficking by coercion and two counts of forced labor, and faces life in prison if convicted. During the sting, authorities said, Santa Ana detectives encountered five women who said Porter was forcing them to be his prostitutes.
Additionally, Porter threatened victims by telling them that if they tried to leave, he would find them and hurt their families. Before police rescued them, the women lived and worked for Porter out of hotels in Orange County, according to the complaint. Porter is being held without bail.
A criminal trial is scheduled to begin June Anyone with further information about Porter or his alleged victims is asked to call the FBI at or the Santa Ana Police Department at Don Frances May 1, April 22, An Update from Larry Mantle. Larry Mantle.
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