BOSTON (WBSM) — Three Fall River residents were indicted along with three other people for their alleged involvement in a sex trafficking conspiracy that victimized two minors and one adult.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, three people from Fall River – Christy Parker, 26; Cory Primo, 42; and Avvani Jeffers, 22 – were indicted along with Alexander Smalls, 25, and Tre’sean Reid, 21, both of Beaufort County, South Carolina, and Tyreik Reid, 20, of Allendale, South Carolina.

The six were indicted on charges of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion; sex trafficking of a minor; and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.

It is also alleged that the adult victim was trafficked throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and South Carolina, and that “the defendants allegedly kept all the profits for their own financial gain and used threats and violence to maintain control over the victims,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to court filings, between January and August 2023, Parker and Smalls worked together – with assistance from Primo, Jeffers and Smalls’ brothers, Tre’sean Reid and Tyreik Reid – “in a scheme to coerce one adult victim and two minor victims to engage in commercial sex in Massachusetts and surrounding states for their exclusive financial gain.”

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The Suspects Began Sex Trafficking the Adult in Early 2023

Parker allegedly reached out to the adult victim in early 2023, saying she was homeless and needed a place to live. She moved in with the victim and then along with her boyfriend Smalls “allegedly coerced the victim to quit her job and begin engaging in commercial sex.”

“Parker and Smalls allegedly forced the victim to sign a ‘profit sharing contact,’ which required the victim to ‘remain loyal and humble and stay focused,’” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Thereafter, Parker and Smalls allegedly forced the victim to engage in commercial sex – scheduling and coordinating commercial sex acts and setting prices – and took all of the profits.”

Parker allegedly used physical violence, threats of violence and other threats to maintain control over the victim.

Parker also allegedly traveled with the victim to South Carolina in Spring 2023 and continued sex trafficking the victim while collecting all the profits. Parker allegedly then enlisted Primo and Jeffers to traffic the victim throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island upon their return from South Carolina.

The Suspects Began Sex Trafficking the Two Minors in Summer 2023

Parker was introduced to a 16-year-old minor in July 2023 and allegedly compelled her through methods such as physical violence, threats of violence, alcohol, marijuana, starvation and sleep deprivation in order to get the victim to engage in commercial sex.

“Further, Parker would allegedly beat the minor victim if she fell asleep because a customer could request her at any time,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “On one occasion, Parker allegedly withheld food from the minor victim for 4-5 days after failing to collect the entire fee from a buyer. It is alleged that Parker regularly beat and choked the minor victim and did not let her receive necessary medical treatment.”

In August 2023, Parker allegedly began trafficking a 17-year-old minor victim who had run away from a group home.

“It is alleged that Parker scheduled sex buyers for the minor victim, from which Parker would collect all of the profits,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “It is further alleged that Parker threatened to physically assault the minor victim if she did not work.”

Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy on the Allegations

“The allegations in this case are truly chilling. One minor victim in this case was forced to engage in sex for money with many men. That young girl is someone’s daughter, she is someone’s granddaughter,” Levy said. “It is hard to conceive of more vile conduct than what is set forth in these charges.”

Jeffers was arrested on June 27, 2024 and made an initial appearance in federal court later that day. Jeffers is currently detained pending a detention hearing on July 8, 2024. Parker and Primo will also appear in U.S. District Court on that date.

Smalls is awaiting trial in South Carolina and will be arraigned in Boston at a later date.

Tyreik Reid will appear in U.S. District Court in South Carolina for a detention hearing on July 10, 2024.

Tre’sean Reid is currently a fugitive.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said if convicted, the charge of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion, provides for a sentence of at least 15 years and up to life in prison, no less than five years of supervised release and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

What Punishment Do the Suspects Face If Convicted?

The charge of sex trafficking of a minor provides for a sentence of at least 10 years and up to life in prison, no less than five years of supervised release and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $ 250,000.

The charge of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking provides for a sentence of up to life in prison, no less than five years of supervised release and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

“Sex trafficking is not a distant problem – it is happening right here, in our neighborhoods, and often goes unnoticed or unreported,” Levy said. “Our office is relentlessly pursuing individuals who inflict such exploitation and suffering simply to line their own pockets. We are using every resource at our disposal to hold perpetrators accountable and seek justice for every victim.”

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