Alleged Sex-Trafficking Scheme Involved Foreign Students

May 12, 2016

A Florida man accused of recruiting international students to the U.S. on false pretenses to further a prostitution business has been indicted on charges of sex trafficking and attempted sex trafficking by fraud, wire fraud, importation of aliens for prostitution or immoral purposes, and use of a facility of interstate commerce to operate a prostitution enterprise.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced the indictment of Jeffrey Jason Cooper, of Miami Beach, on Wednesday. The indictment alleges that Cooper recruited students from Kazakhstan through the U.S. Department of State’s Summer Work Travel Program with false promises of clerical jobs in a fictitious yoga studio. The foreign students learned after their arrival in the U.S. that no yoga studio existed and that they were expected to perform erotic massages and sex acts in exchange for money.

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