Nine people were sentenced for their roles in a conspiracy to force underage girls and young women into sex trafficking by means of force and threats of force, U.S. Attorney Beth Drake announced Monday.
Among those convicted in the case is an Orangeburg man, 44-year-old Corey Miller. He’s also known Clow, C and OG P.
He was convicted at trial in March 2017 and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and trafficking of a minor for sex involving force, fraud and coercion.
Bakari McMillan, 25, of Columbia was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and trafficking of a minor for sex involving force, fraud and coercion.
The following defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking:
• Tremel Black, 33, of New York, was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment. He’s also known by the names Sincere and New York.
• Robert Black, 47, of New York, was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. He’s also known as Kareem Banks, Nino Black and Black.
• Desmond Singletary, 32, of Florence, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. He’s also known by the name Six.
• Kerry Taylor, 23, of Columbia, was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment. He’s also known by the name KJ.
• Ryan Turner, 25, of Columbia, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. He’s also known as Gotti and Qweezy.
• Da’Shun Curry, 25, of Columbia, was sentenced to nine years imprisonment. He’s also known as Dae Dae.
• Howard Parker, 25, of Columbia was sentenced to six years imprisonment. He’s also known as Poppa.
Damon Jackson, 24, of Columbia, was convicted at trial, but has yet to be sentenced. He’s also known as D and Daddy Frost.
Evidence in the case established that the defendants preyed on more than 100 vulnerable female victims, many minors, forcing them on a regular basis to have sex with numerous johns a night from 2014 through the summer of 2016.
The defendants used tactics including physical beatings, brandings, supplying and withholding of drugs, threats and various other forms of psychological manipulation in order to ensure their victims complied with a series of rules that were imposed upon them, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
As part of their sentences, all of the defendants were given lifetime supervision, mandatory registration as a sex offender and participation in a computer/internet monitoring program, amongst other conditions imposed on convicted sex offenders.
Drake said, “Over the past several years, we have seen gangs and what were formerly exclusively drug conspiracies expand into human trafficking to fund their organizations. We have the legal tools to take the organizations apart and need the public’s help.
“If you see something, say something. The Polaris Hotline, 1-888-3737-888, is available 24 hours a day to receive tips.”
The case was investigated by Special Agent Shawn Caines with Homeland Security Investigations and Detective Charlie Benton with the City of North Charleston Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit. Assistant United States Attorney Matt Austin and Rhett DeHart of the Charleston office prosecuted the case.