Friday, June 12, 2015

The Toledo Haze of Human Sex Trafficking

"Dorchester man sentenced in human trafficking of 15-year-old girl" by Rebecca Fiore Globe Correspondent  June 05, 2015

A Dorchester man was sentenced to five to seven years in state prison Thursday for human trafficking and other offenses after he admitted to exploiting a 15-year-old girl, prosecutors said.

Dominic “Haze” Toledo, 24, pleaded guilty to charges of human trafficking, rape of a child, deriving support from prostitution, and inducing a minor into prostitution, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement.

Prosecutors said the victim was introduced to Toledo through a mutual Facebook friend in 2013, but only knew him as Haze, and he told her that she could make money working for him; she had told him that she was 15 years old.

On Dec. 30, 2013, Toledo picked up the victim from her friend’s house, brought her to a home in Dorchester, and photographed her for an Internet advertisement.

He later assaulted her, prosecutors said.

When the victim asked to be taken home, Toledo refused and instead brought her to a motel outside Boston.

She met with a man who paid her for a sexual act and gave marijuana for Toledo, prosecutors said.

When the teenager did not return home that evening, her parents made several attempts to locate her.

She eventually returned home, prosecutors said.

On Jan. 2, 2014, the victim’s mother contacted Boston police about her daughter’s images that Toledo put online along with her phone number.

An investigation was led by the Boston police crimes against children unit, the FBI child exploitation task force, and prosecutors assigned to the district attorney’s child protection unit, and they viewed messages between the victim and Toledo.

Prosecutors subpoenaed the information for Toledo’s number, which led investigators to him.

The victim later identified Toledo as the man who exploited her.

Toledo was sentenced to prison Thursday followed by five years of probation, prosecutors said.

During that time, he is banned from having contact with the victim or her family; working, volunteering, residing, or having unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 years old; using the Internet for any purpose other than employment or education; and using any social media or classified advertising website.

Toledo will also be required to provide the Department of Probation with passwords and encryption keys in order to allow any computer, smartphone, or device to be searched to ensure he is in compliance with the conditions.

In addition, will be registered as a sex offender and wear a GPS monitor, prosecutors said.