Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning announced Monday a D.C. man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor.
Thirty-eight-year-old Charleston Harris, aka “Giovanni,” “Leon Baye,” operated a “large-scale prostitution business” from April 2012 through June 2015. He conspired with Phoebe Omwega and others to manage about 18 prostitutes in Maryland, Florida, Georgia and Virginia, according to court documents.
Harris recruited the 17-year-old female victim in 2012 to engage in prostitution. Harris utilized “backpage.com” to advertise his prostitution services and relied on email to communicate with customers and the women working for him.
Harris directed the women, including the 17-year-old victim to charge up to $200 for each sexual service. He then collected the proceeds and did not give the women anything in return for their services. The women were provided food and clothing.
The women were required to earn at least $1,000 each day and if they failed to meet their quota, Harris threatened physical violence. He would physically assault the women on occasion.