Thursday, January 26, 2017

Human traffickers going to prison

Madison-Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release.

Human Trafficking for Prostitution Sends Two Local Men to Prison

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Jason Ward and Devondra McFall pled guilty to Human Trafficking. Ward was sentenced to serve 20 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the last five years of the sentence was suspended. McFall was also sentenced to serve 20 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections but based on his cooperation the last fifteen years of his sentence was suspended. These sentences will be served, day for day, without the possibility of probation, parole, or early release. Ward and McFall will be placed on five years of supervised probation following their release from custody.

In the early morning hours of March 31, 2016, the Ridgeland Police Department made traffic stop that lead to information of a possible prostitution ring at the Quality Inn. Officers went to the hotel and located two females ages 17 and 33. The females were detained and interviewed, both stated that they had been forced into prostitution and had been threatened and assaulted on numerous occasions. They informed officers that the men responsible for forcing them into prostitution had used the website backpage.com to post photographs and information about them on line to schedule sexual-related meetings with men for money.

The females identified the two individuals responsible as McFall and another individual they knew only as “J”. McFall was located at the hotel and later placed under arrest after law enforcement determined that he rented two rooms that the females were using.

The ringleader of the group, who had been identified only as “J”, was not at the hotel and had left minutes prior to police arriving. Investigators learned that “J” was a registered sex offender who was living at an apartment complex in Ridgeland. Police identified him as Jason Ward and he was later arrested.

Both McFall and Ward were interviewed at the time of their arrest. Ward denied any involvement and denied knowing any of the individuals involved. McFall also initially denied being involved but later cooperated with law enforcement. McFall told officers that Ward was the ringleader of the organization. McFall stated that Ward would post information about the girls online and would arrange meetings at local hotels. McFall would then rent the rooms and collect the money which he would turn over to Ward.

Guest stated, “Human trafficking continues to be a growing problem and we must do everything we can to combat this growing problem where young women are being victimized. I want to thank the Ridgeland Police Department, the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office and the FBI for the outstanding job they did to bring these criminals to justice and in helping free two victims from the abuse they suffered.”

Guest added, “We cannot tolerate human trafficking and will continue to work with local, state and federal law enforcement to see that it does not make a home for itself in our community. We encourage anyone that has knowledge of human trafficking to please contact your local law enforcement. Your information may allow us to free other victims from abusers and reunite them with their family.”

Ward has been previously convicted in 2002 of aggravated sexual abuse in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.


Name: Jason Peirre Ward
Address: 879 Williams Blvd, Ridgeland
Date of Birth: 1/12/79


Name: Devondra McFall
Address: 269 Cameron Drive, Jackson
Date of Birth: 12/03/90

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

If I was "caught" offering sexual activity in exchange for money, I would immediately say my pimp "forced" me to do it. Hard to decipher the truth in these stories. If they were truly forced, this is tragic and a victory. If the cops guided them into that story, shame on them for exploiting the sentiment of the public against trafficking. I think law enforcement has jumped on that concept because it knows the public is more reactionary to that than for simple prostitution.

Complicated issue.

Axing For A Friend.. said...

What is the literal difference between 'human trafficking' and the age ole practice of 'pimping'? What does one need to do or not do in order to not cross that line?

Anonymous said...

7:15, if a prostitute can walk away, it's pimping. If they can't, it's human trafficking.

Anonymous said...

Oh...so claiming 'Unca Bubba made us have sex wif them men' is an inability to walk away?

Anonymous said...

9:35, I hope your bitterness doesn't extend into all areas of your life. Grown women can be and are forced into sexual servitude. Please reserve your judgement for your own self.

Anonymous said...

I don't see bitterness in the 9:35 post. What I do see, as I also saw at 3:38 is the probability that when a HO is caught, she gonna claim somebody made her do the deed. Your opinion, 11:40, valuable though it may be, is not the defining logic in this scenario. Save your pious bullshit for Sunday morning.

Anonymous said...

I know this man and I stand firm behind him when he pled not guilty. So where is the evidence other than the comments from the other 3 that have been in the system before im sure.Did they turn him in when they got caught? Obviously.

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