Detroit man accused in sex trafficking operation
A 67-year-old Detroit man was charged in a federal criminal complaint Friday involving an alleged sex trafficking operation in Detroit, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced.
Richard Knider Jackson has been taken into custody.
The complaint states that during a police run Thursday to a home in the 3000 block of South Electric a woman told officers that Jackson had forced her and four others — two juveniles and two adult women — to prostitute from the home.
“She said that Jackson provided all of them with drugs, and that he was violent with them,” McQuade’s office wrote in a statement Friday. “Police also found a large black steel gate and lock on the stairs to the upstairs of the residence.”
The other two alleged adult victims were in the home when police arrived, McQuade said, however, the two juveniles had escaped through a bathroom window earlier that day.
According to the complaint, one of the victims reported Jackson and his associates would get the “girls” hooked on heroin to keep them in the house. Jackson allegedly advertised the girls for sex dates on backpage.com.
Jackson or his friend would drive the victims to the dates or make them move drugs for them, the complaint alleged.
The FBI is looking for the two juveniles.
Jackson made his first appearance Friday afternoon in federal court. He will be detained until his bond hearing at 1 p.m. Monday.
Anyone with information regarding the juveniles or Jackson’s alleged sex trafficking operation is asked to call the FBI at (313) 965-2323.