From NBC Los Angeles – A Long Beach man accused of tricking women he met online into what they thought was a monogamous relationship only to force them into prostitution was charged in federal court Monday.
The alleged behavior of Roshaun “Kevin” Nakia Porter closely resembles that of what human trafficking experts call a Romeo Pimp, the kind of guy who romances a woman before forcing her into prostitution.
“There is a grooming period when they wine and dine them and they get caught up in the life whether they want to or not,” said Melissa Whetten with OC Human Trafficking Task Force.
Porter was arraigned in federal court Monday, April 30, when we was charged with two counts of forced labor and two counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.
The case goes back to early April when police set up a sting operation at a Santa Ana Doubletree Hotel. Police said five women responded and each claimed they were forced into working for Porter.
A federal indictment notes that their stories were the same: the 20-something women had met the Long Beach man on Craigslist and seekingarrangement.com and began to date the suspect for months.
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