Dallas Man Faces Up to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Transporting Woman from Oklahoma to Texas to Engage in Prostitution
DALLAS—Justin Dishon Brathwaite, 27, of Dallas, Texas, appeared in federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Renee Harris Toliver and pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of individuals to engage in prostitution, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
Brathwaite, who remains on bond, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for June 17, 2015, before U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn.
According to documents filed in the case, in early May 2012, Brathwaite called 19-year-old “Jane Doe,” after seeing her on Backpage.com in Oklahoma City. Jane Doe and Brathwaite spoke on the phone for about two weeks, and Brathwaite invited her to come to Dallas to live with him. He promised to take care of her if she moved to Dallas to be with him and told her she should stop engaging in commercial sex acts. Jane Doe agreed to the move.
On May 12, 2012, Brathwaite drove from Dallas to Oklahoma City, picked up Jane Doe and returned to Dallas. Once they arrived in Dallas, Brathwaite told her she needed to begin immediately to make money for him, or he would drop her off somewhere and leave her. Jane Doe eventually agreed to work at a strip club and engage in commercial sex acts. Brathwaite posted ads featuring her on Backpage.com, and he made Jane Doe give him all of the proceeds from her commercial sex acts. Brathwaite took Jane Doe to various cities in Texas, including Denton, Killeen, Houston and Austin.
On June 12, 2012, the Dallas Police Department’s vice unit encountered Jane Doe in a hotel room in Dallas and arrested her for prostitution. The investigation led to Brathwaite’s involvement in her commercial sex acts.
The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cara Foos Pierce is prosecuting.