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October 21, 2020
LANSING – A Pontiac man was bound over to circuit court Tuesday on charges of conducting a criminal enterprise and for his alleged role in the prostitution and sex trafficking of numerous young women in Auburn Hills, Pontiac and other locations throughout Oakland County, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today.
Dallas Ephraim Jordan-King, 23, was bound over to Oakland County Circuit Court Tuesday after a hearing before Judge Lisa L. Asadoorian in 52-3 District Court in Auburn Hills. He was bound over on the following charges:
- One count of forced labor/commercial sex, a 15-year felony;
- Three counts of pandering, a 20-year felony;
- One count of accepting earnings of prostitution, a 20-year felony;
- One count of transportation for prostitution, a 20-year felony;
- One count of conducting a criminal enterprise, a 20-year felony; and
- One count of felony firearm, a two-year felony.
The court had revoked Jordan-King's bond after he cut his tether and fled for several weeks. Jordan-King's next court appearance on this case is pending scheduling in the Oakland County Circuit Court.
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Jordan-King was also bound over on Oct. 7 in a separate case in 50th District Court in Pontiac before Judge Cynthia Walker on one count of child sexually abusive material – production, a 20-year felony. That court imposed a $25,000 cash bond. In that case, Jordan-King is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on Nov. 5 before visiting Judge Edward Sosnick in Oakland County Circuit Court.
The charges are the result of a joint law enforcement investigation initiated by the Auburn Hills Police Department, and continued by the FBI's Oakland County Gang and Violent Crime Task Force (Task Force).
Investigators determined that Jordan-King reportedly operated a prostitution and sex trafficking criminal enterprise, comprised of at least nine victims, between July 2018 and October 2019. The related criminal acts allegedly took place in Auburn Hills, Pontiac, Madison Heights and elsewhere.
"Human trafficking and sex trafficking crimes often stretch across several jurisdictions and municipal borders, and they require a coordinated effort by law enforcement to properly respond to and address," Nessel said. "I am grateful for the partnership these agencies have provided to my office, and look forward to continuing that collaboration well into the future, as we all share the same priorities of ensuring the public's safety and enforcing the law."
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The Task Force is comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Michigan State Police, Oakland County Sheriff's Office, and the police departments of Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Madison Heights, Novi, Southfield and Troy.
Since 2011, the Michigan Department of the Attorney General has provided training to more than 1,000 professionals and filed charges against 29 individuals for human trafficking – all leading to arrests. It has successfully convicted 23, with cases against several additional defendants currently pending. The department is also home to the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission, which works to direct state policy on human trafficking.
Visit the Attorney General's website for more information on the office's human trafficking initiative.
Please note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The Attorney General's Office does not provide photos of defendants, but one may be available by contacting the booking agency, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.
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