Man convicted in sex trafficking ring sentenced to 14 to 40 years in prison

(WXYZ) - A 51-year-old man was sentenced Monday in connection to the operation of a sex trafficking ring in Southfield and surrounding areas.

James Coleman of Detroit was sentenced to serve 14 to 40 years in prison. He was convicted after an investigation conducted by the Southfield Police Department, Michigan State Police and the FBI through the Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children Task Force (SEMCAC). 

Coleman was convicted on three sex-trafficking charges in Oakland County Circuit Court back in February.

The following charges included: Prostitution - Transporting a Female, Prostitution - Accepting Earnings, Computer - Used to Commit a Crime.

The agencies involved in the investigation released the following statements:

"The Southfield Police Department and its law enforcement partners are committed to combatting sex trafficking in the metro Detroit area," according to Chief Eric Hawkins of the Southfield Police Department. "I am very proud of the efforts of the investigators on this case, which has resulted in the arrest and conviction of a very dangerous person and has helped the victims of these horrible crimes feel a sense of closure."

"I want to commend our SEMCAC Task Force partners for their outstanding efforts in this investigation," said Paul M. Abbate, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Field Office. "The SEMCAC Task Force continues to be a powerful resource for Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies to combat sex trafficking. The FBI remains fully committed to this partnership and to bringing dangerous perpetrators to justice."

"The Michigan State Police will continue to work with our federal and local law enforcement partners involved with the SEMCAC Task Force to combat sex trafficking in the State of Michigan. Sex trafficking is a horrible crime and I am pleased with the sentence of James Coleman. This sentence sends a strong message that sex trafficking of any kind will not be tolerated in Michigan," said Michigan State Police Captain Monica Yesh.


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