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2 Toledoans accused of juvenile sex trafficking - Pair accused of using Web to get customers

Toledo , OH|Sex-Trafficking Minors|Add Comment
By: MARK REITER, Toledo Blade
Bradly D. Johnson Arrested For
Sex-Trafficking a Minor

Two Toledo men are accused of using the Web site Backpage.com to solicit customers for underage prostitutes and taking the girls to a South Toledo motel to have sex, according to charges filed in U.S. District Court.

Brady D. Jackson, 26, address unavailable, was indicted Wednesday in federal court on two counts of juvenile sex trafficking. He was arrested May 24 in Atlanta after authorities learned that he was traveling in the area.

According to an affidavit filed in federal court, Mr. Jackson posted the profiles of two girls under the escort section of Backpage.com and he and his cousin, Jude Simpson, took the teenagers to the Motel 6 on Heatherdowns Boulevard to engage in prostitution.

The girls, who were 15 and 16 years old, were arrested at the motel Sept. 20 during a Toledo police undercover investigation into prostitution activities posted on the Web site.

Investigators said Mr. Jackson and Mr. Simpson were at the motel during the sting but fled a nearby bar through a back door after police arrived, the affidavit said.

Mr. Simpson, 22, of 415 Kennilworth Ave. is charged with sex trafficking. He was arrested May 2 after a complaint charging him and Mr. Jackson was filed in federal court. A magistrate allowed Mr. Simpson’s release May 7 after he posted an unsecured $25,000 bond.

The affidavit says Mr. Jackson had recruited the 15-year-old girl through phone calls and texts to engage in prostitution at least three weeks before the sting, that she sent photos of herself that were later used in online postings, and that he instructed her on how much to charge customers for services.

On Sept. 20, both teenagers went to a South Toledo apartment, where Mr. Jackson took photos of the 16-year-old girl, posted the images on Backpage.com, and told both teenagers they would have to give him the money they make, and in return he would take them shopping, get their hair and nails done, and supply them with lingerie, outfits, and heels, according to the affidavit.

The girls and the men took a taxi to the motel, where Mr. Jackson gave Mr. Simpson money to pay for the motel room, the document said.

FBI spokesman Vicki Anderson said Mr. Jackson was still in custody in Atlanta and would be brought to Toledo for arraignment on the charges. An extradition date has not been scheduled.

Juvenile sex trafficking carries a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

Backpage.com is a subsidiary of Village Voice Media.

Contact Mark Reiter at: markreiter@theblade.com or 419-724-6199.

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