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Warren Man Charged with Sex Trafficking

LANSING – A Macomb County man accused of trafficking a minor now faces five felonies, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today.

Last week, James Earl Madison-Cranford, 28 of Warren, was arraigned on the following in Oakland County’s 46th District Court:

  • minor sex trafficking, a 20-year felony;
  • prostitution – accepting earnings, a 20-year felony;
  • prostitution – transporting female, a 20-year felony;
  • conducting a criminal enterprise, a 20-year felony; and
  • third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a 15-year felony.

Madison-Cranford is charged as a habitual offender.

In 2017, the Southeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Task Force received a tip about a minor being sex trafficked and immediately began investigating through an undercover commercial sex operation by responding to an advertisement posted online. Through that operation, the task force was able to rescue the minor.

The minor indicated that Madison-Cranford had her regularly performing commercial sex for several months through posting advertisements online. Madison-Cranford also allegedly used his phone to post the advertisements and answer all her calls. 

“Let this case be a reminder that regardless how many years have passed, our team will always fight for survivors of abuse,” Nessel said. “We remain committed to securing justice.”

The court imposed a bond of $900,000 cash/surety.  Madison-Cranford’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 20 at 1 p.m.


Please note:  A criminal charge is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  The Department does not provide booking photos.