HOUSTON (March 12, 2014) Four people have been indicted for operating a Texas trafficking ring that offered young girls for sex, federal authorities said Wednesday.
Emanuel Dandre Wade, 24, and Charmaine Henderson, 25, who made initial court appearances Wednesday in Houston, are facing charges that include conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors and sex trafficking of minors.
Ashley Shawntal Williams, 21, and Darquesha Perry, 26, are charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors.
A criminal complaint filed in February alleges that the young girls were forced to work as prostitutes for Wade and in some instances were beaten when they didn't follow orders.
The complaint accuses Williams of providing a vehicle “in which Wade transported several minor victims to dates where girls participated in commercial sex acts” and that Williams “often transported the girls herself," prosecutors said in a press release.
“In one instance, after one of the victims had left, Williams allegedly lured her out and transported her back to Wade who then beat her to the point that she needed medical attention, according to the charges,” prosecutors said.
The complaint accuses Perry of transporting a minor victim to Wade on many occasions.
The conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and punishment for the sex trafficking charge ranges from 10 years to life on each count.