The Colleyville Police Department helped lead an review that close down an general sex trafficking website and led to a complaint of a site’s purported owner.
Wilhan Martono, 46, was charged in a 28-count sovereign complaint Jun 2 and arrested in Fresno, Calif., on Jun 17, according to a recover from a U.S. Attorney for a Northern District of Texas. He is in sovereign control available extradition to Dallas, according to a report from a East Bay Times.
The North Texas Trafficking Task Force conducted a investigation, that was led by a U.S. Secret Service, a Colleyville Police Department and a Homeland Security Investigations’ Dallas margin office, with assistance from a El Paso and San Jose offices as good as a Texas Department of Public Safety.
“I’m unapproachable of a group who, with a sovereign partners, relentlessly followed this review for some-more than a year,” Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller pronounced in a release. “We have done a poignant impact on one of a world’s largest digital marketplaces for harlotry and sex trafficking. We know many lives will be saved by this corner effort.”
Martono allegedly done $21 million by CityXGuide.com and mixed websites compelling harlotry and sex trafficking, according to a release.
Numerous underage victims were identified in CityXGuide advertisements, including a 13-year-old lady who was found in North Texas final year.
Martono was indicted on one count of graduation of harlotry and forward negligence of sex trafficking, one count of widespread racketeering conspiracy, 9 depends of widespread travel in assist of racketeering and 17 depends of income laundering, a recover said.
He is indicted of induction a names for mixed sites in 2018 a day after a FBI close down a infamous Backpage.com, that a U.S. Attorney’s Office called “the internet’s heading source of harlotry and sex trafficking advertisements.”
“As shortly as DOJ close down one inhuman site, another popped adult to take a place,” U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox pronounced in a news release. “Like a owners of Backpage, this suspect done millions facilitating a online exploitation of women and children. The Justice Department will not rest until these sites are separated and their owners hold accountable for their crimes.”
Martono was charged, in part, underneath a Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act upheld in 2018, that creates it probable for a supervision to prosecute websites that foster sex trafficking. If convicted, he faces adult to 25 years in a sovereign prison.