Massachusetts man indicted for allegedly forcing minor to prostitute using physical violence
“A Boston man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly sex trafficking and transporting a minor to Rhode Island to engage in prostitution.
Tramonte Jamier Queen, 23, was indicted on one count of sex trafficking of a child and one count of transportation of minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Queen was previously charged by criminal complaint on Oct. 17, 2023 and has been in state custody on related charges since February 2022. He will be arraigned in federal court in Boston on Nov. 30, 2023.
According to the charging documents, beginning in January 2022, Queen recruited a 16-year-old girl to engage in prostitution. First, it is alleged that Queen directed the victim to take photos of herself – including photos depicting the victim nude and posing provocatively. Shortly thereafter, Queen allegedly directed the victim to earn money for him by engaging in commercial sex. It is alleged that Queen communicated with sex buyers and arranged for the victim to engage in commercial sex in the basement of his mother’s residence in Dorchester as well as at hotels and took all of the proceeds for himself. Queen allegedly used threats and violence to maintain control over the victim.
It is further alleged that Queen drove the victim to a hotel in Warwick, R.I., where he caused her to perform sex acts for his financial benefit. Hours after this trip to Rhode Island, police stopped Queen as he was returning to Boston with victim.
The charge of sex trafficking of a child provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, at least five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. The transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity count provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, at least five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.
If you or someone you know may be impacted or experiencing commercial sex trafficking, please contact USAMA.VictimAssistance@usdoj.gov.
Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian A. Fogerty of the Civil Rights & Human Trafficking Unit is prosecuting the case.
The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”-Massachusetts Department of Justice.