Iowa man convicted in sex trafficking case

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(Des Moines, IA) -- A northeast Iowa man's been convicted in a sex trafficking case. Thirty-three-year-old Darrius Redd of Manchester was convicted of forcing a victim to engage in sex acts for money in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Clive and other cities. Investigators say Redd supplied the victims with illegal drugs and advertised sex acts on an escort website. Redd faces 15-years to life in prison, when he's sentenced in January 28, 2022.

Redd was convicted by a federal jury September 24th, of sex trafficking an adult victim by force, fraud, and coercion; facilitation of prostitution; and distribution of a controlled substance to a person under the age of 21.

According to court documents and evidence presented at the four and a half-day trial, Redd used deceptive and coercive tactics as well as physical force to compel a victim to engage in sex acts in exchange for money. Redd kept all of the proceeds from the victim’s sex acts.

Redd also posted advertisements for paid sex acts with the victim and other women on an escort website.

Testimony and evidence revealed Redd had distributed controlled substances to other women and had attempted to recruit and/or compel other women to engage in commercial sex acts for his monetary gain.

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