October 18, 2021

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Condition Police Charge Three in Berks County Human Trafficking Ring

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Point out Police (PSP) introduced today that costs have been submitted from a few people linked to a drug distribution and human trafficking ring functioning in and all around Reading through, Berks County. Hector M. Rivera, 50, of Looking at, PA Dushawn O. Ellis, 31, of Examining, PA and Bridget M. Thompson, 36, of Lancaster, PA ended up billed with various crimes relevant to corrupt businesses, trafficking folks, prostitution, and other relevant offenses.

“Human trafficking is prevalent in our have communities in just the commonwealth,” mentioned Major Jeremy Richard, director of the Pennsylvania Condition Law enforcement Bureau of Legal Investigation. “This case is a testomony to the hundreds of thousands of adult males, gals, and young children who are trafficked all over the world and, in each and every town, suburb, and town in this excellent commonwealth.”

In early 2020, a confidential supply offered data that led PSP Structured Crime Unit investigators to produce quite a few qualified prospects and to recognize a number of victims. In Might 2021, PSP delivered the success of its investigation to Pennsylvania Senior Deputy Legal professional Common Heather Castellino for presentment to the 45th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury. The grand jury concluded that Rivera, Ellis, and Thompson operated a corrupt group involved in the human trafficking of young gals for the business sex trade. Thompson was dependable for putting up ads and communicating with prospects even though Rivera and Ellis utilized medicine to entice some of the victims into prostitution and then manage them. The female victims received payments from the prospects which they would then switch over to either Rivera, Ellis or Thompson.

“The people billed nowadays manipulated and abused terrified, susceptible youthful ladies. They place their victims’ life at chance for a financial gain,” explained Attorney Basic Josh Shapiro. “We are operating with our point out legislation enforcement partners to search for out and shut down human trafficking during Pennsylvania.”

Hector Manuel Rivera

  • Corrupt Organizations (F1) (2 counts)
  • Trafficking in Persons (F1) (8 counts)
  • Felony Endeavor-Trafficking in People (F1) (8 counts)
  • Legal Conspiracy-Trafficking in Men and women (F1) (8 counts)
  • Involuntary Servitude (F1) (5 counts)
  • Legal Attempt-Involuntary Servitude (F1) (5 counts)
  • Criminal Conspiracy-Involuntary Servitude (F1) (5 counts)
  • Prostitution and Relevant Offenses (F3) (7 counts)
  • Criminal Try-Prostitution and Similar Offenses (F3) (7 counts)
  • Prison Conspiracy-Selling Prostitution (F3) (7 counts)
  • Legal Use of Interaction Facility (F3) (1 rely)
  • Manufacture, Supply, or Possession with Intent to Supply or Manufacture of a Managed Compound (F1) (1 rely)

Dushawn Onell Ellis

  • Corrupt Organizations (F1) (2 counts)
  • Trafficking in Persons (F1) (6 counts)
  • Felony Try-Trafficking in Persons (F1) (6 counts)
  • Felony Conspiracy-Trafficking in People today (F1) (6 counts)
  • Involuntary Servitude (F1) (5 counts)
  • Prison Try-Involuntary Servitude (F1) (3 counts)
  • Criminal Conspiracy-Involuntary Servitude (F1) (3 counts)
  • Prostitution and Linked Offenses (F3) (8 counts)
  • Legal Attempt-Prostitution and Connected Offenses (F3) (8 counts)
  • Criminal Conspiracy-Advertising Prostitution (F3) (8 counts)
  • Legal Use of Interaction Facility (F3) (1 depend)
  • Manufacture, Supply, or Possession with Intent to Supply or Manufacture of a Controlled Material (F1) (1 count)
  • Easy Assault (M2) (1 depend)

Bridget Marie Thompson

  • Corrupt Businesses (F1) (2 counts)
  • Trafficking in Men and women (F1) (2 counts)
  • Felony Try-Trafficking in Folks (F1) (2 counts)
  • Criminal Conspiracy-Trafficking in Folks (F1) (2 counts)
  • Involuntary Servitude (F1) (2 counts)
  • Prison Conspiracy-Involuntary Servitude (F3) (2 counts)
  • Prostitution and Connected Offenses (F3) (5 counts)
  • Criminal Conspiracy-Prostitution and Similar Offenses (F3) (5 counts)

*(F1)-Felony of the very first diploma (F3)-Felony of the 3rd degree (M2)-Misdemeanor of the next degree.

Expenses have been filed by means of District Court docket 23-2-01.

“I want to thank all of the investigators involved, which include all those in the Pennsylvania Workplace of Legal professional Normal, for their tireless and dedicated initiatives to deliver justice to all of the victims,” mentioned Major Richard.

The general public is inspired to continue to be vigilant and report suspicious action via the See One thing Send out A little something cellular application, by electronic mail [email protected], or to a regional law enforcement company.

For far more data on the Pennsylvania Workplace of Attorney Basic, pay a visit to attorneygeneral.gov.

For additional data on the Pennsylvania Point out Law enforcement, go to psp.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Corporal Brent Miller, PSP, 717-783-5556, [email protected]
                                   Molly Stieber, OAG, 717-787 5211, [email protected]

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