5 charged with Human Trafficking in connection with Detroit prostitution ring

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Five people from the Detroit area have been arrested on human trafficking charges in connection with a prostitution ring that the Michigan Attorney General's office says was called "Detroit Pink."

Mustaffa Hassan Muhammad, Tara Muhammad, Brooklyn Marie Siebert, Rita Jean Jemison and Jason Michael Sherrill have all been charged with multiple felonies, including Human Trafficking, Pandering, Accepting the Earnings of a Prostitute and Racketeering.

The Attorney General's offices says Mustaffa Muhammad and his now estranged wife Tara launched the "Detroit Pink" ring in 2006. Officials say the ring was operated as an online escort service with approximately two dozen prostitutes, at least one of whom was a minor.

Officials say the ring was based in Detroit, but primarily operated out of Southfield hotels.

The investigation determined that the Detroit Pink website operated until sometime in 2007, at which point it was taken down and the prostitution ring continued operation.

Siebert and Jemison are accused of working as prostitutes and aiding Mustaffa Muhammad in running the ring by collecting money from the other prostitutes, and posting ads and providing transportation for the girls.

Sherrill is accused of serving as the "computer guy." Investigators say he posted ads and provided transportation for prostitutes in exchange for room and board from Mustaffa Muhammad.

In addition to the charges connected to the prostitution ring, Mustaffa Muhammad has also been charged with forcing a woman to serve as a drug runner against her will. In that case he is accused of coordinating an operation to bring marijuana and ecstasy from the southwestern United States to sell in Detroit drug houses.

All five defendants have been arrested on the charges and are expected to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Southfield.

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