FEDS: Connecticut Man Guilty of Sex-Trafficking During Miami SuperBowl Was Taking Victims To NBA All-Star Game Next

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Miami, Florida – A man who coerced two women and a girl into selling themselves for sex in Miami during the 2020 Superbowl was found guilty of commercial sex trafficking by a federal jury in Ft. Lauderdale last week.

During the eight-day trial, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alejandra L. López and Brian Dobbins presented evidence that in January 2020, Edward Walker, 48, of New Haven, Connecticut, brought two adult women and a 17-year-old girl to Miami from Connecticut to “engage in commercial sex acts during the SuperBowl. While in Miami, Walker emotionally, psychologically, and financially coerced the victims into soliciting customers and having sex with them in exchange for money, all of which Walker kept.”

Additional evidence showed that after the Superbowl in Miami, Walker planned to take the victims to Chicago, Illinois during the NBA All-Star Game, New Orleans, Lousiana during Mardi Gras, Las Vegas, Nevada, and other places to further sexually exploit them.

The jury found Walker guilty of sex trafficking by force and coercion, sex trafficking of a minor and by force and coercion, and transporting a person for sexual activity. U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn will sentence Walker on January 6, 2022, in federal court in Ft. Lauderdale. He faces a sentence of up to life in prison.

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