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New York Man Charged with Human Trafficking in Oakland and Macomb Counties

LANSING, MI – Jonathan Colon, 24-years-old, of Bronx, New York, has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies, including Human Trafficking, Transporting for Prostitution, Accepting the Earnings of a Prostitute and Conducting a Criminal Enterprise in Oakland and Macomb Counties. humantrafficking

The charges result from an investigation into multiple incidents of sex trafficking conducted by Oakland and Macomb county police agencies, coordinated through the Roseville Police Department and the Southeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes Task Force, a joint operation between the Michigan State Police and FBI, and the Michigan Joint Anti-Trafficking Task Force.

Colon was allegedly conducting an online “escort” operation and is alleged to have posted advertisements for commercial sex for at least two women on-line. The victims, staying at Detroit-area motels with Colon, were allegedly forced to turn over the money from the commercial sex acts to Colon who would then provide the victims with highly addictive drugs.

Colon was arrested and arraigned on November 22, 2016 before 3rd District Court in front of Magistrate Kimberly Wilson in Madison Heights, Oakland County. Colon was lodged on a cash/personal recognizance bond of $800,000. He is next due in court for a pre-exam conference on November 30, 2016 at 8:30 am, and his preliminary exam has been scheduled for December 7, 2016 at 8:00 am, also in Oakland County.

The Defendant is charged with the following:

Two counts of Forced Labor – Human Trafficking (Felony – 10 years)
One count of Prostitution/Pandering (Felony – 20 years)
Two counts of Prostitution/Accepting Earnings  (Felony – 20 years)
One Conducting Criminal Enterprises (Felony – 20 years)
Habitual Offender – Second Offense Notice
Protecting Victims, Stopping Trafficking in Michigan

Attorney General Bill Schuette stated that “Human trafficking is modern day slavery and happens in Michigan every day. Together with the FBI and Michigan State Police, I am putting a stop to these offenders. This is a warning for all those involved in human trafficking: Your time is up, we will find you and we will put an end to your terrible crimes against those who you hurt.”

Capt. Monica Yesh, Second District Commander, Michigan State Police:

“The Michigan State Police will continue to work with our Federal and local partners to aggressively seek out and arrest anyone who is involved in human trafficking in the State of Michigan.”

David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge, Detroit Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation:

“The Southeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes Taskforce’s (SEMTEC) efforts to combat Human Trafficking, as highlighted in this case, was a direct result of the cooperative and dedicated team work of the law enforcement professionals represented by our local, state and federal agencies. Taskforce partnerships continue to result in the identification of ruthless criminals who exploit vulnerable and innocent individuals through the use of drugs, physical force and coercion. SEMTEC is committed to conducting these investigations as long as anyone is being commercially trafficked and exploited”.

For more information, please visit the Attorney General’s human trafficking webpage.

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