AG Human Trafficking Cases
Attorney General Bill Schuette launched the first AG Human Trafficking Unit in July 2011. This unit is prosecuting Michigan's first round of cases under the recently strengthened state law banning human trafficking.
People v. Mitchell
Schuette arrested Sedrick Leman-Isaac Mitchell, 32, of Detroit, for allegedly engaging in human trafficking and other crimes related to the enslavement two young girls who were forced to engage in prostitution in Detroit. The charges resulted from an investigation by Michigan State Police and the FBI through the Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children Task Force (SEMCAC).
Mitchell, also known as "Gruesome" and "Roc," is accused of enslaving two girls and forcing them to engage in prostitution on the streets of Detroit. The victims include 14-year-old and 15-year-old girls. Schuette alleges Mitchell held captive one 14-year-old girl and one 15-year-old girl in a house on Detroit's east side for approximately two months. The victims were forced to engage in prostitution, faced physical assaults and sexual assaults.
STATUS: Mitchell was convicted by a Wayne County jury on eight criminal counts on March 23, 2012. He was sentenced on April 11, 2012, facing up to life in prison.
"Modern day slavery happens in Michigan every day and it must be stopped. I am committed to a new fight against this enslavement of our children. This is a warning for the criminals running these operations: Your time is up." - Attorney General Bill Schuette
Detroit Pink Prostitution Ring
Schuette arrested five residents of Southeast Michigan for conducting a human trafficking operation through a prostitution ring, called "Detroit Pink." Mustafaa Hassan Muhammad 31, of Detroit; Tara Muhammad 32, of Chesterfield Township; Brooklyn Marie Siebert, 29 of Warren; Rita Jean Jemison 25, of Detroit; and Jason Michael Sherrill, 31, of Detroit are each charged with multiple felonies including Human Trafficking, Pandering, Accepting the Earnings of a Prostitute and Racketeering.
The charges result from an extensive investigation conducted by Michigan State Police and the FBI through the Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children Task Force that revealed human trafficking involving at least one child, as well as forced drug running across the country.
STATUS: Four of the five defendants have pled guilty to human trafficking and are now serving their sentences. The primary defendant, Mustafaa Muhammad, has been bound over to circuit court and is awaiting trial.
People v. Alexander and Johnson
Schuette arrested a Florida man and Tennessee women accused of assaulting a young women and forcing her to work as a stripper in Southeast Michigan. The charges result from an investigation by Southfield Police Department with assistance from the FBI through the Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children Task Force (SEMCAC).
Vinson Alexander, 30, of Florida faces charges of human trafficking, criminal enterprises, and torture for allegedly enslaving the young women and forcing her to work as a stripper. Alexander's accomplice, Taryn Johnson, 27, of Tennessee also faces a charge of human trafficking for allegedly recruiting the victim, luring her with promises of a good salary.
STATUS: Both defendants are in custody awaiting preliminary examination on Wednesday, April 3rd at 1:30P.M.
People v. Harris
Attorney General Schuette and his Human Trafficking Task Force arrested 35 year-old, Jackie Robinson Harris, of Auburn Hills on allegations of human trafficking on February. The charges result from an investigation by the Michigan State Police and the FBI through the Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Harris faces charges of human trafficking, prostitution, and criminal enterprises for allegations of sexually exploiting a 16 year-old girl from South East Michigan by recruiting her to work as a prostitute. Harris allegedly enticed the girl into helping run the prostitution ring before he later sent her to work as a prostitute.
STATUS: Harris is in custody awaiting a preliminary examination on Thursday, March 21st at 1:30P.M.