A major step forward for the state of South Carolina took place with United States Attorney Bill Nettles 26-count indictment charges for Damon ‘DJ/Daddy Frost’ Jackson, Tremel ‘Sincere/New York’ Black, Da-Shun ‘Dae Dae’ Shukur Curry, Bakari ‘Bizzle’ Shahid McMillian, Kerry ‘KJ’ Taylor, Desmon ‘Six’ Singletary, Howard ‘Poppa’ Parker, and Ryan ‘Gotti/Qweezy’ Shaquon Turner for their involvement in Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking.
Along with the charges of conspiracy, each defendant was charged with various counts of Sex Trafficking.
The maximum sentence each defendant may face for Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking is life in prison, with a minimum of 15 years for either Trafficking of a Minor for Sex and Sex Trafficking. The max would be life.
Also, Taylor could receive a minimum of 15 years to a max of life in prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Child.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said, “The prosecution of these types of cases is more than a job. It is our reason for being. To say we will aggressively prosecute this case and charges of this nature is one of history’s great understatements.”
“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Homeland Security Investigations continues to pursue the perpetrators of this heinous crime as one of its highest priorities, via a coordinated global effort with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners,” said Special Agent in Charge of HSI Atlanta Nick Annan. “Over the past two years HSI has doubled its number of human trafficking arrest and we will continue our relentless pursuit to investigate and seek prosecution of these criminals while also ensuring the victims of this terrible crime are rescued and get the care they need.”
Investigation of the case was done by the Homeland Security Investigations and City of North Charleston Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Austin of the Charleston office is prosecuting the case.
The defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Information regarding human trafficking should be reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), Polaris – Freedom Happens Now, 24-hour National Hotline: 1-888-373-7888.