Investigators say they've finally cracked a child-trafficking ring that has potentially claimed dozens of child victims on the west coast.
The operational hubs of the child sex trafficking ring were centered in both Tacoma and Lakewood, Washington, according to the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office.
Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a public statement that, “Cracking down on human sex trafficking is one of our top priorities, especially when the victims are underage.”
According to the Prosecutor's Office, the case began when the Tillicum Park Gangsters, a ruthless black street gang, began making suspicious phone calls from jail.
Matthew “Boo” Holt, the leader of the TPG gang said on a recorded call, I don’t treat thots like nothing but the shit on the bottom of my shoe,” according to Lindquist.
He then began giving the locations of some of the women over the phone which raised, even more, suspicions and prompted an investigation.
The case when then passed over to the Child Exploitation Task Force, who involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation to take lead on the case.
At least fifteen underages confirmed victims were identified, including a thirteen-year-old child.
Federal Agents say that the men would kidnap or force into drug addiction the young women to obey their commands, eventually putting them on the streets to engage in prostitution for the profit of the TPG gang.
From the summer of 2016 until the raids on the homes of the suspects, those young women were forced to have sex with men for cash in Tacoma, Lakewood, Olympia, Lacey, and Bellingham Washington; where if they refused to obey they would be violently beaten.
33-year-old Jamaal Lamont Pinkney, 21-year-old Monjae Nykyle Haynesworth, 27-year-old Michael Jerome Hurst, 19-year-old Howard Ray Jones, 19-year-old Quantreyvis Alonzo Smith, and 19 year old Dasmon Taiwan Jones were all rounded up as part of the operations by Federal Agents.
Special Agents however say that two more suspects are still at large, and they're desperately searching for 34 year old Clayton Tyrone King III and 34 year old Dante Devone Dunbar.
Since the other men have been in custody the pair that remains on the street have been threatening the victim’s families, and are now facing additional charges of intimidating witnesses.
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"We want to make sure that this is the beginning of the end for them where they get to start putting this behind them and not have to face further victimization so when they're receiving threats of bodily harm and other things to them, their family and friends, we take it very seriously to aggressively find these folks and put them in jail," said Lakewood Police Department Lt. Andy Gildehaus.
Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County is now offering a cash a reward for any additional information that leads to the arrest of the suspects still at large.
Call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) if you have information on their whereabouts. It is guaranteed to be anonymous.
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