Writing for God, Fighting Human Trafficking

Linda Rodante

From the Daily Times Online—Human Trafficking Arrests

Two arrested with girls from 12 to 16. Some of the rules the girls said they must follow were: “daddy is the law,” “never tell daddy no,” and “any disrespect can cause you to get your head knocked off.”

UPDATE: Collingdale man, woman first convicted to human trafficking Tuesday, January 17, 2012, Delaware County, PA

MEDIA COURTHOUSE – Delaware County secured the first two convictions in Pennsylvania under a relatively new state law prohibiting human trafficking on Friday, according to statistics from the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing.

Deryck Alston, 41, and Amanda Scott, 26, both of Collingdale, each pleaded guilty to trafficking of persons and related crimes for pimping an underage female in online advertisements.

According to police reports, the trio were arrested late last year after Delaware County CID detectives were tipped off to a personal ad featuring what appeared to be an underage female posing topless.

Detectives found 16 such ads had run with the same contact number, four of which featured the girl. A medical expert on age determined the girl was between 12 and 16 years old, according to police.

Another woman pictured in the ads and going by the name of “Ebony” was later identified as Scott after detectives set a meeting. According to the affidavit, Scott directed an undercover officer to her Collingdale home on first block of Rhodes Avenue, where she offered him sexual acts for money.

During questioning, Scott identified Alston as her pimp and said both he and Scott believed the girl to be 16. The girl was also interviewed and talked about a list of “rules” she was supposed to follow, such as “daddy is the law,” “never tell daddy no,” and “any disrespect can cause you to get your head knocked off.”

In addition to the trafficking charges, Alston pleaded guilty to unlawful contact with a minor, and Scott pleaded guilty to charges of corruption of minors and prostitution.

Jerome Clemons, 35, who lived with Scott and took the pictures for the ads, also pleaded guilty to three counts of promoting prostitution.

Judge James Nilon sentenced Alston to 18-60 months in a state correctional facility with 10 years of sexual offender probation. Alston must also register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law for 10 years.

Scott was sentenced to one to two years in prison with five years of sex offender probation. Continued…
Clemons was sentenced to three to 23 months with four years of sex offender probation.

District Attorney Jack Whelan, sworn into his post earlier this month, praised the efforts of Assistant District Attorney Kim Pearl, CID detectives and other law enforcement in a release Tuesday.

“Their hard work and collaboration led to the successful prosecution announced today and, more importantly, revealed a juvenile victim who is now off the streets and in a safe, healthy environment,” he said. “The Delaware County District Attorney’s Office is committed to vigorously investigating and prosecuting those who traffic in and exploit other persons for their own selfish purposes.”




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