Federal prosecutors say that five alleged members of a street gang based in wealthy Fairfax County were running a prostitution business that recruited teenage girls who were threatened if they refused to participate, according to the Associated Press.
The five were charged today in federal court in Alexandria. According to an FBI affidavit, the defendants are members of a Fairfax-based offshoot of the "Crips'' street gang. An affidavit from the U.S. District Court names Justin Deonta Strom as the alleged pimp and head of the ring, while Donyel Pier Dove, Michael Tavon Jefferies, and Henock Solomon Ghile are named as drivers and bodyguards.
Court documents state that the gang members recruited attractive teenage girls to participate either through Facebook or by approaching them on the street. Many of the victims were under the age of 18, which was apparently encouraged by Strom, who allegedly told one young girl "younger was better because they could make more money off young girls."
At least two of the girls were either beaten or cut with a knife when they tried to quit or expressed reluctance about participating, and the girls were also provided with drugs like cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy.