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DA Sini: Five Alleged Gang Members, Associates Charged With 44-Count Indictment For Sex Trafficking Ring

Sini: "The victims were psychologically tortured, physically threatened, all so that this sex trafficking ring could make money off their backs."

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Suffolk DA Timothy D. Sini announced an indictment against (L to R) Shati Roy, 31, Jeffrey Eason, 54, Jamie E. Young, 47, Kelvin Jackson, 37, and Avion Gordon, 30, in connection with allegedly running a prostitution ring.

Photo by: Suffolk County Police Department

Central Islip, NY - March 30, 2018 - Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the unsealing of a 44-count indictment against five alleged Bloods gang members and associates in connection with running a prostitution ring in Suffolk County.
“The victims were psychologically tortured, physically threatened, all so that this sex trafficking ring could make money off their backs,” District Attorney Sini said.
The sex trafficking ring was operated by Shati Roy, 31, whose last known address was in Shirley; Jamie E. Young aka “James,” 47, of Bellport; Kelvin Jackson aka “Biggie,” 37, of Medford; Jeffrey Eason aka “Fest,” 54, of Mastic Beach; and Avion Gordon aka “G,” 30, of Medford.
Roy is charged with all 44 counts in the indictment: 18 counts of Sex Trafficking; three counts of Attempted Sex Trafficking; five counts of Promoting Prostitution in the Second Degree; Attempted Promoting Prostitution in the Second Degree; three counts of Promoting Prostitution in the Third Degree; six counts of Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree; two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree; Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree; three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree; Tampering with Physical Evidence; and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
Young is charged with 27 counts of the indictment, Jackson is charged with 15 counts and Eason is charged with 19 counts, all including the top charge of Sex Trafficking. Gordon is charged with three counts of Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree.
On December 14, 2017, Suffolk County Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Squad assisted the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in apprehending Roy and Young in the parking lot of a hotel in Holtsville. It was discovered that Roy and Young had transported four women to the hotel in a van for the purposes of forcing them to engage in prostitution.
At the time of Roy’s arrest, he was found to be in possession of heroin, crack cocaine, buprenorphine (Suboxone) and marijuana. Roy also attempted to crush a quanitity of crack cocaine that he had concealed in his underwear to evade its recovery by law enforcement.
Following the arrest, an investigation was conducted by District Attorney’s Squad Detectives and the Suffolk County Police Department’s Human Trafficking Investigations Unit, which revealed evidence of a sex trafficking ring led by Roy that was operating across Suffolk County between September 1 and December 14, 2017. The investigation found that the defendants were operating in commercial establishments and residences in Shirley, Medford, Coram, Ridge, Ronkonkoma and Holtsville.
The defendants used physical violence and threats of violence to coerce the victims into engaging in prostitution. They also provided the victims with drugs in order to impair their judgment and create a purported debt that needed to be repaid.
“The defendants would charge the victims for lodging to put them up at various hotels and motels,” District Attorney Sini said. “They would charge these girls for the drugs that they were essentially forcing upon them, including cocaine and heroin, and would have the girls pay these debts by having sex with the customers of this sex trafficking ring.”
Roy often imposed penalty fees on the victims for perceived violations of his operation, such as distributing their cell phone numbers to prospective “johns” without permission, and forced the victims to continue engaging in prostitution to pay off their debts.
Advertisements for prostitution jobs, which included photographs and contact information for the victims, were posted by the defendants on classified ad listing websites.
Roy, Jackson, Eason and Gordon were arraigned on the indictment today in front of Suffolk County Acting Supreme Court Judge Fernando Camacho in Central Islip. Bail for each was set at $1 million cash or $3 million bond.
Young is scheduled to be arraigned on March 30.
Roy, Young, Jackson and Eason each face a maximum of 25 years of imprisonment if convicted of the top count of Sex Trafficking. Gordon faces a maximum of 4 years of imprisonment if convicted.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Stacy Skorupa, of the Enhanced Prosecution Bureau.
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.