Rochester Woman Indicted in Sex Trafficking and Transportation Case
ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury in Rochester, N.Y. has returned a three-count indictment charging Jodia Campbell, 32, of Rochester, with sex trafficking of a minor, transportation of a minor across state lines with intent that the minor engage in prostitution, and transportation of an individual across state lines with intent that the individual engage in prostitution. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a fine of $250,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who is handling the case, stated that according to a complaint filed against the defendant in April 2014, Rochester Police began investigating the alleged prostitution of a 16 year old female from Rochester, using the name “Cherry Red” on backpage.com in Pennsylvania in April 2013. According to the complaint, the 16-year-old alleged that she was recruited by a woman named Jennifer Miller and taken to New Jersey and Pennsylvania to engage in prostitution by Jodia Campbell along with Jennifer Miller and Laree Greggs. Other adult individuals also alleged having been transported by Greggs, Miller and Campbell at various times, out of state, to prostitute. Investigators reviewed backpage.com ads and found contact information associated with Miller, Campbell and Greggs.
Jennifer Miller and Laree Greggs are charged in separate criminal complaints with similar charges.
The indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the FBI’s Cyber Task Force, which includes the Rochester Police Department under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Chief Patrick O’Flynn and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.