A Brooklyn, N.Y. man will serve 36 years in prison for a string of offenses connected to his actions as a pimp, including multiple counts of sex trafficking, and transporting an individual to engage in prostitution.
Jeremy Naughton, 32, also known as “Jerms Black” was found guilty following a 14-day trial of forcing a number of female prostitutes between the ages of 19 and 28 to work with him and an accomplice. According to authorities, between January 2009 and fall 2010, Naughton and a friend, Charles Anderson, 26 of Brooklyn, contacted the women through online ads for prostitution services and, meeting in-person, assaulted and threatened the women with a handgun or physical violence into working for them.
Among a myriad of criminal acts, Department of Justice officials said Naughton imprisoned women, forced them to perform sex acts on him and others, stole cell phones and money from them, and transported them between New York, Maryland, and other states.
In a plea agreement, Anderson told authorities that he overheard Naughton physically assaulting women he kept in his room in an apartment the two men shared, and forcing them to perform sex acts. Anderson is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 15.
The case was investigated by the Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force and the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, organizations of federal, state, and local law enforcement formed in 2007 to rescue human trafficking victims and prosecute offenses.