South Florida sex trafficker sentenced to 25 years in prison | USAO-SDFL

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Miami, Florida – A Miami man who forced a 16-year-old woman and girl to sell themselves for sex was sentenced today in Miami, Florida to 25 years in prison.

According to court documents, Julius Dwight Mozie met the minor after she ran away from home. Mozie coerced the minor into taking lewd photos, then posted the photos on a website to advertise the underage victim of commercial sex acts. Then Mozie forced the minor to perform commercial sex acts. Around the same time, Mozie also forced an adult victim to engage in commercial sex acts for several months. If the victims did not follow Mozie’s instructions, he subjected them to his “torture chamber” to punish them. In the “Torture Chamber”, Mozie handcuffed, beat, raped and overwhelmed his victims. He also urinated and defecated on it.

U.S. Senior District Court Judge Beth Bloom imposed the 25-year sentence, which also included a 15-year sentence of supervised release from incarceration.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to address the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Divisions Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information on the Safe Childhood Project, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami; Anthony Salisbury, Special Agent for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami Field Office; W. Howard Harrison, chief of the Plantation Police Department; and Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) Acting Director George A. Perez announced the sentencing.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Human Trafficking Task Force, in partnership with Homeland Security Investigations, Plantation Police Department, MDPD’s Human Trafficking Squad, South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This case was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorneys Lacee Monk and Manolo Reboso.

To report a suspected case of human trafficking or to obtain resources for victims, please call 1-888-373-7888; text “BeFree” (233733), or live chat at HumanTraffickingHotline.org. Toll-free telephone, SMS lines and online chat function are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Help is available in English, Spanish, Creole or over 200 additional languages. The National Hotline is not operated by law enforcement, immigration or any investigative agency. Correspondence with the national hotline is confidential and you can ask for help or report a tip anonymously.

To learn more about the National Resource Hotline, visit www.humantraffickinghotline.org. To learn more about the US Department of Justice’s efforts to combat human trafficking, visit www.justice.gov/humantrafficking.

Court documents and related information can be found on the District Court for the Southern District of Florida website at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov, under the case number. 20-cr-20087.

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