A 24-year-old man was charged Monday after he and other men allegedly trafficked a 16-year-old girl out of Twin Cities hotels.
Dante Ohaier Jones, 24, of St. Paul, was charged in Hennepin County District Court with two counts of promoting prostitution. Jones is one of five men who have been charged in the case. Three of the men have pleaded guilty.
According to the complaint:
In early 2014, the girl told police she had been brought to the Twin Cities area by a friend and dropped off at a trailer in Burnsville where she was introduced to men who trafficked her in December of 2013 and January of 2014. Police were able to get the girl away from the men, but a few months later, the girl went missing again.
Later in Minneapolis, police found the girl, who said that in March of 2014, a man named "Billz" took photos of her and posted them in prostitution advertisements on Backpage.com. The girl said that "dates" would pay to have sex with her or another woman when they went to hotels and that Billz or Jones, whom she knew as "Bossman," would keep most of the money.
The other woman said Jones took photos of her and put them on Backpage.com and when she went on "dates," she would give the money to Jones or "Billz." "Billz" told authorities that he would place advertisements online and he would give Jones money for driving them to the "dates."