Feds: Miami Man Forced Victims, Including Minor, To Sell Themselves For Sex Or Face ‘Torture Chamber’

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

According to court documents, Julius Dwight Mozie met the minor after she had run away from home.  Mozie coerced the minor into taking lewd photographs and then subsequently posted the photographs on a website to advertise the minor victim for commercial sex acts.  Then, Mozie forced the minor to perform commercial sex acts.  Around the same time, Mozie also forced an adult victim to perform commercial sex acts for several months.  If the victims failed to comply with Mozie’s instructions, he would subject them to his “Torture Chamber” to punish them.  In the “Torture Chamber,” Mozie handcuffed, beat, raped, and waterboarded his victims.  He also urinated and defecated on them.

United States Senior District Court Judge Beth Bloom imposed the 25-year sentence, which also included a term of 15 years of supervised release following incarceration.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Divisions Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals 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 about Project Safe Childhood, 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 in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami Field Office; W. Howard Harrison, Chief of Plantation Police Department; and George A. Perez, Interim Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) announced the sentence.


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