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Trio arrested, charged for NY sex trafficking crimes
Syracuse, N.Y. - Three members of a sex trafficking ring that stretched from Ithaca to Watertown were arrested, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Tuesday.
According to investigators, Eric Oliver, 30, of Syracuse led the ring, and was assisted by Tirra Pate and Jessica Moro, both 19. The trio allegedly recruited women to work as prostitutes, using physical force or drugs in order to make them work.
Oliver, Pate, and Moro allegedly recruited women and girls as young as 15 years old to work as prostitutes.
"There are few crimes as heinous as forcing women into prostitution and transporting them against their will. Unfortunately, this case is emblematic of the horrors of human trafficking, which is an issue of international importance," Attorney General Schneiderman said in a statement.
Oliver also allegedly ran the ring when he was served time in jail twice over the past year. According to investigators, Oliver directed Pate and Moro to move prostitutes to different locations and provide them with narcotics in order to keep them working.
The three were arraigned Tuesday on charges of sex trafficking, compelling prostitution, promoting prostitution, rape and conspiracy.