A Dorchester man is being held without bail on charges he trafficked a girl for sex out of a Boston hotel.
“The facts of this case are deeply disturbing,” Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden said in a statement. “This man is accused of luring a vulnerable teen to a city and state where she knew no one, then sexually exploiting and violently beating her.”
That man is Jimall “Progress Lu” Dawn Brown, 33, of Dorchester. Prosecutors say he lured the girl — a minor — on social media and arranged for her to come to Boston from another state. Upon arrival, prosecutors say, Brown took her to a hotel and posted ads on websites to pimp the child out.
Prosecutors allege that Brown made thousands of dollars a day over several months controlling and using the girl, and is even alleged to have beaten her on several occasions.
Judge Pamela Dashiell found Brown dangerous at a Monday hearing and ordered Brown held without bail.
While public details on this particular case — including which hotel the alleged pimp was trafficking the girl from, which the Boston Police Department said it is withholding because it’s part of the investigation — are few, what is known about it follows a well-trodden pattern in human sex trafficking.
“Online recruitment may begin with commenting on potential victims’ photos and sending direct messages, carefully building the rapport and intimacy needed to entice victims into a false sense of trust,” states a 2018 report by the Polaris Project, an organization that works to track and prevent labor and sex trafficking.
A relationship can build from these beginnings, the report notes, and the criminal can then enter into “boyfriending” manipulations that promises gifts or financial assistance or “assurance that they, and they alone can care for the potential victim.”
“The online relationship will generally culminate with the trafficker purchasing travel tickets for the potential victim in order to finally unite face-to-face,” the report states.
The Polaris Project maintains a human trafficking resource center hotline at (888) 373-7888, or through text to “BeFree” (233733). More locally, the BPD Human Trafficking Unit can be reached at (617) 343-6533 and Suffolk County survivors of sexual exploitation can access services through the Boston-based My Life My Choice at (617) 396-7807.
Those concerned that a child is being exploited online may report a cybertip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or www.cybertipline.com.