Pimp operated sex trafficking ring with brutal control, prosecutors say

The pimp preyed on girls with drug problems, luring them into his West Side home with heroin and promises of protection, prosecutors say.

Once they fell into his trap, the man known as “Church” forced them into sexual servitude, controlling every aspect of their lives and administering vicious beatings if they tried to escape, the charges alleged.

When one victim was raped and robbed by a customer, DaJuan Brown forced her to return to work the same day despite her pleas and visible injuries, prosecutors said.

According to the charges detailed Wednesday in Cook County bond court, Brown, 35, ran the sex ring over the last five years out of his home in the 1400 block of North Laramie Avenue. Prosecutors alleged Brown enslaved about 12 girls or young women by taking their money, identification and cellphones and tightly controlling their contact with the outside world.

Assistant State’s Attorney Brigid Brown said the girls became dependent on him for food, shelter, clothing, cigarettes. He also manipulated the girls’ addictions by doling out just enough heroin to keep them from having withdrawal symptoms, then taking them to areas known as the “Track” and the “Blade” to pick up johns, according to the charges.

If a girl filled her quota of customers, he would reward her with more drugs. But if she did not, DaJuan Brown would force her to keep working or let her go through withdrawal, prosecutors said.

And for all they went through, none of the girls kept a dime of what they earned, prosecutors said. All the money was handed over to Brown, whose idea of a reward was bringing them food from the dollar menu atMcDonald’s, they alleged.

The case came to light earlier this year after authorities from the National Human Trafficking Hotline notified Cook County sheriff’s police that a missing woman was being exploited by her pimp, according to prosecutors. That woman turned out to be one of Brown’s 12 alleged victims.

Brown was ordered held Wednesday on $1 million bond by Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil. He was charged with involuntary servitude and aggravated trafficking and faces up to 30 years in prison on each count if convicted.

His arrest comes a little over a month after a federal judge handed down a 50-year sentence for convicted pimp Datqunn Sawyer, believed to be the harshest sentence ever for a federal sex trafficking case in the Chicago area.

Source:  Chicago Tribune

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