Contact Us
Make My Homepage

NJ Man Sentenced in Iowa Sex Trafficking Ring

An FBI official says a 30-year prison term for a New Jersey man convicted of sex trafficking in Iowa will protect the public from an “evil predator.”

Gavel
Chris Ryan, Getty Images

Johnelle Bell must serve 85 percent of the term, handed down Friday by a federal judge.

A jury convicted the 29-year-old last year of running a nationwide sex trafficking and prostitution ring that advertised on Backpage.com. Prosecutors say Bell lured troubled women to join under false promises and coerced them through physical abuse and threats.

Investigators uncovered the ring after an FBI agent posed as a customer in Omaha. The prosecution took place in Iowa because the ring traveled to Des Moines.

FBI Special Agent Thomas Metz says Monday the agency will continue to pursue “individuals such as Bell who prey on others.”

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!