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Sterling Heights man charged in sex trafficking case

Robert Snell
The Detroit News

Detroit — A Sterling Heights man was charged Friday with a sex crime after allegedly recruiting a minor girl into the sex industry.

Andrew Golden, 34, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of sex trafficking. He was arraigned Friday in 46th District Court in Southfield. Magistrate Robin Dillard-Russaw set bond at $200,000 cash, or 10 percent.

“This case continues to highlight the sickening reality that human trafficking is happening right here in Michigan, every day,” Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a statement.

The case emerged Tuesday when the FBI-led Southeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes task force received a tip about the alleged sex trafficking of a minor in Southfield.

The tipster, a 15-year-old girl, told investigators she was picked up in New Jersey several weeks ago by Golden and a 17-year-old girl, according to Schuette’s office.

Golden allegedly told the girls he would take them to Michigan for commercial sex dates.

The 15-year-old girl was found in Pennsylvania and it is unclear if she ever was brought to Michigan.

On Wednesday, investigators searched the website www.backpage.com and a section advertising “adult entertainment: escorts,” Schuette’s office said. Investigators spotted a posting with photos matching the 17-year-old girl.

The posting allowed agents to find the girl Wednesday and arrest Golden at a Southfield hotel, Schuette’s office said.

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