Boston Child Prostitution

Boston Child Prostitution

Hotel records helped bust Boston child-prostitution ring, report says

By Barbara De Lollis, USA TODAY
The Boston Globe updates us on the ugly side of the hotel world: Prosecution of a major, child-prostitution ring that sometimes operated out of hotels.

Key to prosecutors' case? Confirming the girls' stories with hotel records, which included multi-day stays paid in cash.

Prosecutors last year won convictions against six Boston pimps who were involved in a violent prostitution ring that enslaved girls from local neighborhoods, the story says. The girls, often from shattered families, were recruited from foster homes, MBTA stations and high schools.

Next month, Eddie Jones, 27, is scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Boston for his role in the abuse of young prostitution victims, the story says. Darryl Tavares, 26, is already serving a 25-year prison sentence. Four other men pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges, receiving sentences of 48 to 60 months, the story says.

The case was one of the biggest child-prostitution cases in state history, according to the Globe's in-depth article.

Higher-end hotels akin to new "street corner"

While the Globe doesn't identify the names of hotels where the girls were brought to meet customers, Boston public radio station WGBH's July series about sexual and human trafficking in the Boston area suggests that they could very well have been higher-end chain hotels frequented by business travelers.

A former prostitute who now helps young girls get out of the business says that websites make it easy to promote prostitution services in higher-end hotels.

"What they do now is just place these girls in a hotel room, instead of where I come from on a street corner, and the johns will know where they are," Audrey Porter, assistant director of survivor services for My Life, My Choice, a local organization helping adolescent girls who've been coerced or forced into prostitution.

"For the most part, they're not in sleazy hotels," she says.



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