(FOX 2) - A Pontiac man is facing charges in connection with human trafficking out of Oakland County that authorities say has at least nine known victims.
Michigan's Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday 23-year-old Dallas Jordan-King is facing multiple charges in connection with the sex trafficking case.
Jordan-King is accused of prostituting and trafficking of young women. The investigation began in Auburn Hills with police looking into one case, soon learned it was a lot more involved.
"As it began to develop it clearly looked like it was beyond that one community (Auburn Hills) this one person, this one event, beyond Oakland County's borders," said Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard.
That prompted the FBI Oakland County Violent Crime and Gang Taskforce to get involved. Officers from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office and Madison Heights Police Department are on that squad.
"He was clearly preying on young women that were just into college and had not been around to see what was going on, and they were lured into his deceptive nightmare," said Chief Corey Haines, Madison Heights Police.
Haines says Jordan-King ran his operation out of motels near 14 Mile and I-75. The investigation also revealed that he allegedly engaged in sexual activity with a minor.
Jordan-King has been charged with:
- One count of forced labor/commercial sex, a 15-year felony;
- Two counts of pandering, a 20-year felony;
- One count of accepting earnings of prostitution, a 20-year felony;
- One count of transportation for prostitution, a 20-year felony;
- One count of conducting a criminal enterprise, a 20-year felony; and
- One count of felony firearm, a two-year felony.
The court imposed a $30,000 cash bond. Jordan-King is scheduled for his next court appearance on Aug. 20.
From July 2018 through Oct. 5, 2019, in Auburn Hills, Pontiac, Madison Heights, and elsewhere, Jordan-King allegedly operated a prostitution and sex trafficking criminal enterprise, comprised of at least nine victims.
During the investigation, Auburn Hills detectives discovered multiple incidents of Jordan-King’s alleged behavior that indicated he would befriend numerous young college-age females and groom them to engage in sexual activity for profit, from which Jordan-King benefited.
“Human trafficking and sex trafficking are heinous crimes made more complicated by the fact that they often cross the jurisdictions of multiple law enforcement agencies,” Nessel said. “Investigating and prosecuting crimes that occur within the borders of several municipalities, states or nations can create unique challenges as we pursue justice. But this case is a clear example of the collaborative relationship law enforcement agencies at all levels should strive for when taking actions to hold criminals accountable.”
The news release from Nessel's office states that since 2011, the Michigan Department of the Attorney General has provided training to more than 1,000 professionals and filed charges against 29 individuals for human trafficking - all leading to arrests. It has successfully convicted 23, with cases against several additional defendants currently pending. The department is also home to the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission, which works to direct state policy on human trafficking.
Jordan-King was also arraigned Tuesday in a separate case in 50th District Court in Pontiac before Judge Michael Martinez on one count of child sexually abusive material - production, a 20-year felony. That court imposed a $25,000 cash bond.
Jordan-King was also sentenced back in 2019 for sexually assaulting a woman he had met on Instagram. He was sentenced to one year in jail and five years probation for felonious assault and criminal sexual conduct.
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