Jamaican man arrested on sex-trafficking charges in Miami

 

jweaver@MiamiHerald.com

A Jamaican man has been arrested on federal sex-trafficking charges filed in Miami.

Damion St. Patrick Baston, 36, who was arrested in New York earlier this week, is soon expected to be transferred to Miami, authorities say.

An indictment charges Baston with forcing one victim into prostitution in South Florida and other countries, including Australia.

Baston is also charged with transporting many victims into South Florida for prostitution, among other offenses.

If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum prison term of 15 years up to life in prison.

“Human trafficking is one of the most deplorable crimes our office prosecutes,” said U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer.

Alysa D. Erichs, special agent in charge of the Miami field office of Homeland Security Investigations, said “these victims are taken advantage of on a daily basis.”

The case was investigated by federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

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