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Pennsylvania authorities charged 2 men in ‘horrible’ human trafficking case

November 30, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Pennsylvania authorities charged 2 men in ‘horrible’ human trafficking case

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Two men are accused in what the Pennsylvania attorney general referred to as a “horrible” case of human trafficking that utilized death threats and opioids to force women into prostitution.

Pennsylvania law enforcement officials said that 34-year-old Kenneth James Crowell and 50-year-old Barry Charles “Bear” Schiff were charged several counts including human trafficking, involuntary servitude, prostitution and other crimes.

“This is a horrible case where women were lured into prostitution by the premise of easy money,” state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “When victims tried to leave, the criminals used violence and threats to keep them as prostitutes against their will.”

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Authorities charged 34-year-old Kenneth James Crowell and 50-year-old Barry Charles “Bear” Schiff, with several counts of human trafficking

According to The Pocono Record, Crowell and Schiff reportedly forced six women to work as prostitutes against their will between 2014-2017 in York, Lancaster, Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Shapiro’s office said both suspects were arrested and remain in custody.

A grand jury indictment outlined the suspects’ disturbing methods of control, including allegations that Crowell had strangled a woman on multiple occasions, which caused her to black out on one occasion.

Schiff also allegedly banged another woman’s head into a bucket of bleach and broken glass after she declined to engage in sexual intercourse with him, leaving the victim with permanent injuries.

 

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