Man Who Lured Women from Canada with False Promises of Helping Their Modeling Careers Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking Offense

            Jerome Terry Jr., 45,, an Illinois man pleaded guilty today to a federal sex trafficking charge, admitting that he lured two 19 year old women from Canada with promises of promoting their modeling careers, but instead used force, fraud and/or coercion to cause the victims engage in commercial sex acts.

            Terry admitted that he and two co-conspirators set up a purported modeling management company called CanadianGirlzRock, Inc. to lure aspiring models to Los Angeles and other locations with the promise of modeling careers. In fact, Terry “intended and planned to recruit, entice, and transport the women to Los Angeles, or other locations, and to harbor, provide, obtain, and maintain the women to engage in commercial sex acts.” After seeing photos of the first woman on social media, Terry contacted the woman, telling her she could come to Los Angeles to work as a model and event host. After the woman arrived in late April 2014, Terry used force, threats of force, fraud, and/or coercion to cause her to engage in commercial sex acts with four clients over approximately four days until Los Angeles Police officers rescued her.

            Terry contacted the second woman in late 2014 after seeing photos of her online and told her he would help with her modeling career. Terry told the victim she would need to perform acts of prostitution to make money to support her modeling career, but that the proceeds would be put toward her modeling or given to her to send to her family. After the woman traveled to Los Angeles in early 2015, Terry used means of fraud – including the false and deceptive promises that he would put money from B.E.’s prostitution toward her modeling career or make the money available for her to send to her family – to cause the victim to engage in commercial sex acts with numerous clients over approximately 10 days. When the victim asked Terry about the money, Terry became angry and broke her phone. 

            Terry and federal prosecutors have agreed to a prison sentence of between seven and 15 years in federal prison.

            Two co-conspirators originally charged with Terry in this case have entered into diversion agreements.

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