A married couple was arraigned in Manhattan Wednesday for allegedly utilizing violence to power ladies into prostitution and promote sexual content material on OnlyFans.
Jonathon Ruiz, 29 and Charline Santiago, 27, of Youngstown, Ohio had been charged with a mixed 15 felony counts of intercourse trafficking, labor trafficking, conspiracy and selling prostitution, in line with the Manhattan District Lawyer’s workplace.
The suspects allegedly trafficked a number of ladies in New York Metropolis, in addition to in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Massachusetts between 2020 and 2021.
Ruiz, who goes by “Saiint,” posted on-line ads for intercourse work and drove the ladies to motels throughout the Northeast whereas Santiago waited exterior the institutions to gather cash, in line with the allegations.
Ruiz would allegedly beat the ladies, deprive them of meals and power them to take cocaine to remain awake in the event that they refused to work, didn’t earn sufficient cash or tried to maintain money for themselves. The frequent beatings resulted in black eyes, lacerations, bruising and scars, prosecutors mentioned.
Ruiz would additionally brandish a gun on the victims and compelled one of many ladies to create intercourse movies on an newbie porn web site whereas preserving all of the earnings after laundering them by a Connecticut firm the couple arrange, officers mentioned.
The violent pimps additionally allegedly took the ladies’s IDs and used them to “fraudulently get hold of authorities advantages and loans” which they stored for themselves, in line with a information launch.
“These horrific allegations element an abhorrent intercourse trafficking scheme that preyed on susceptible folks so the ringleaders might flip a revenue,” mentioned District Lawyer Alvin Bragg.
“The Web offers traffickers new methods to use folks by financial, emotional, bodily and psychological coercion.
“We’ll proceed to carry accountable those that engaged in such a felony exercise, whereas additionally persevering with our work to make sure that survivors have the providers and assist they should get better and transfer past the trauma they’ve confronted.”