man who lured Canadian women with false promises to help their modeling careers pleads guilty to sex trafficking offense | USAO-CDCA

LOS ANGELES – Illinois man pleaded guilty today to federal sex trafficking charge, admitting he lured two victims – both 19 at the time – from Canada promising them to promote their careers model, but instead used force, fraud and / or coercion to induce victims to engage in commercial sex acts.

Jerome Terry Jr., 45, of Chicago, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Otis D. Wright II to one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking.

In a plea deal, Terry and federal prosecutors agreed to a prison term ranging from seven to 15 years in federal prison.

Terry admitted in court today that he and two co-conspirators created an alleged model management company called CanadianGirlzRock, Inc. to lure aspiring models to Los Angeles and other places with the promise of careers. of mannequin. In fact, Terry “intended and planned to recruit, attract and transport women to Los Angeles or other places, and to house, provide, obtain and retain women so that they could ‘they engage in commercial sex acts,’ according to the plea agreement. .

After seeing photos of the first victim on social media, Terry reached out to the woman, telling her she could come to Los Angeles to work as a model and event host. After the woman’s arrival in late April 2014, Terry used force, threats of force, fraud and / or coercion to get the victim to engage in commercial sex acts with four clients for approximately four days until that the Los Angeles police save her.

Terry contacted the second woman in late 2014 after seeing pictures of her online and told her he would help her in her modeling career. Terry told the victim that she would need to engage in prostitution to earn money to support her modeling career, but that the proceeds would go to her modeling or be given to her to be sent to. his family. After the woman traveled to Los Angeles in early 2015, Terry used means of fraud – including false and misleading promises that he would put BE’s prostitution money into his modeling career or put the money. available to her to send to her family – to provoke the victim to engage in commercial sex acts with many clients for about 10 days. When the victim asked Terry about the money, Terry got angry and broke his phone, according to the plea agreement.

Terry has been in federal custody since his extradition from Canada in 2019.

Justice Wright has set a sentencing hearing for October 25.

Two initially accused co-conspirators of Terry in this case have entered into diversion agreements.

This matter was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, with substantial assistance provided by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Deputy Prosecutors for the United States, Wilson Park, Terrorism and Export Crimes Section, Devon Myers, Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Crimes Section, and Maria Jhai, General Crimes Section , continue this case.

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