LANSING, MI – Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that his Human Trafficking Unit has arrested an Inkster man for conducting a Human Trafficking operation in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties.
Schuette charged Jahan Satati Green, 38-years-old, of Inkster with multiple felonies including Human Trafficking, Transporting for Prostitution, Accepting the Earnings of a Prostitute and Conducting a Criminal Enterprise; all felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Charges result from an extensive investigation conducted by Schuette’s office with assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“Modern day slavery in Michigan will not be tolerated on my watch,” said Schuette. “We have taken a victim-centered approach to fighting human trafficking and we will continue to aggressively pursue and prosecute criminals who take advantage of vulnerable victims and enslave them in sex trafficking or labor through force, fraud or coercion.”
The investigation revealed that Green had allegedly orchestrated an online “escort” operation beginning in 2006. It is alleged that in his prostitution operation, Green trafficked and assaulted two victims in particular. Charges allege that Green assaulted two young victims for more than six years, forcing them to engage in sex acts for money. Green allegedly transported or arranged for transportation of the young victims to Detroit-area hotels. According to charges, Green forced the victims to give him the money they received from their forced prostitution.
Schuette charged Jahan Satati Green 38, of Inkster with the following:
- Two counts of Human Trafficking – Forced Labor involving Commercial Sex, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison; and,
- Two counts of Prostitution/Transporting a Person, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison; and,
- Two counts of Prostitution/Accepting Earnings, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison; and,
- One count of Criminal Enterprises – Conducting, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Green was arrested and arraigned on June 24, 2015 before Judge Sabrina Johnson of the 22nd District Court in Inkster, Wayne County. Green was assigned a $500,000 cash bond and is currently in custody at the Wayne County Jail. Green is next due in court for a preliminary examination, with the date still to be determined by the court.
“I’d like to thank the Department of Homeland Security for their efforts in this case,” said Schuette. A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
Background on Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is modern day slavery and it is the second-largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, after drug trafficking. Victims of human trafficking are in bondage through force, fraud or coercion, solely for the purpose of sex or labor exploitation. Children are especially vulnerable. According to the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2,515 incidents of human trafficking were recorded nationwide between January 2008 and June 2010. Of those incidents, 1,016 involved the sexual exploitation of a child, 1,218 involved the sexual exploitation of adults, and 350 involved labor trafficking.
Attorney General Schuette: a Victim-Centered Approach to Fighting Human Trafficking
The Michigan law banning Human Trafficking (MCL 760.462a, et seq.) went into effect on August 24, 2006. The law was strengthened in 2010, with those changes taking effect on April 1, 2011. Updates to the law include: adding human trafficking to the list of predicate offenses that fall under the state racketeering law, authorizing additional court-ordered restitution for trafficking victims and enacting stronger penalties.
Green marks the eleventh defendant charged by Schuette’s Human Trafficking Unit. The Unit was created by reallocating resources in the Attorney General’s Criminal Division to focus on combating human trafficking in Michigan. Schuette expects the unit to continue to work closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute cases of modern day slavery involving both children and adults.