R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southe…

R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Donald W. De Lucca, Chief, Miami Beach Police Department, John Timoney, Chief, City of Miami Police Department, Bruce Roberts, Chief, Fort Lauderdale Police Department, and Robert Parker, Director, Miami-Dade Police announce that on February 7, 2007, defendant Demond Levail Osley, a/k/a “D-LO,” was convicted by a jury of one count of sex trafficking of a minor by force, fraud, and coercion, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1591(a), one count of transportation of an individual for prostitution, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2421, one count of coercion and enticement of an individual to engage in sexual activity, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(a), and one count of coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b). At sentencing, which has been scheduled for April 18, 2007, at 10:00 a.m., the defendant faces a maximum statutory term of life in prison.

According to the testimony and evidence presented at trial, this case began on November 8, 2006, when officers with the Miami Beach Police Department coordinated and conducted a street-level prostitution sting operation on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach. During this operation, a young girl solicited the undercover Miami Beach police officer to engage in commercial sex acts. The young woman was arrested, and a subsequent investigation revealed that she was in fact a minor and a victim of sex trafficking. Federal authorities were contacted when local detectives discovered that the individual was 17 years old.

Further investigation by the Innocence Lost Task Force, which includes members of the Miami Beach Police Department, Miami Police Department, Miami-Dade Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, revealed that the 17 year old girl had been transported by the defendant from Detroit to Fort Lauderdale for the purpose of providing the girl for commercial sex acts in South Florida. At trial, the victim testified that she was physically assaulted by the defendant and forced to work as a prostitute at various locations in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Beach Police Department, City of Miami Police Department, City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department, and the Miami-Dade Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Brent Tantillo and Scott Ray, with legal research support by the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights and Criminal Divisions.

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