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Feds: Mattapan pimp sold teen to johns in 3 states

New York, NY|Sex-Trafficking Minors|Add Comment
By: Matt Stout, Boston Herald
Manhattan Man arrest for sex trafficking
a minor on Backpage

A Mattapan man pimped out an underage girl across three states, driving her to New York and New Jersey as well as to multiple Bay State motels, after posting half-naked photos of her online to lure potential johns, federal authorities said.

Michael Gemma, 29, was arraigned yesterday in Boston federal court, where he was charged with sex trafficking of a minor, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
Authorities started investigating Gemma after state police stopped him for speeding in a rental car on Sept. 30, 2011. When troopers pulled him over, he was with a teenage girl who had no identification and was arrested on charges of driving with a suspended license, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. After interviewing the girl — referred to as “Minor A” in the indictment — police learned that Gemma had taken her to New York and New Jersey, where he photographed her wearing “revealing lingerie and posting in provocative positions” before posting the photos to the “Backpage” Web site, authorities said.
Customers met Gemma at the motel he was staying at and paid to have sex with the girl, authorities said. At times, Gemma drove the girl to customers, including motels in Massachusetts, authorities said.

Gemma was held pending a detention hearing, which is scheduled for Monday, according to a spokeswoman with the U.S. Attorney’s office.

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