An Auburn Hills man, Jackie Robinson Harris, has been charged with several counts after allegedly recruiting an underage girl to work as a prostitute in Pontiac, according to reports at The Oakland Press. The girl, who is 16 years old, was reportedly enticed by Harris to help run a prostitution ring before he allegedly solicited her to work as a prostitute later.
Officials say this is the second incident within a one-week time period in which they have arrested an individual in Oakland County for human trafficking. Harris was arrested in Warren on Wednesday February 27. He was scheduled for arraignment on Thursday in the 50th District Court.
The investigation into the prostitution ring was conducted by Michigan’s Human Trafficking Unit. According to state Attorney General Bill Schuette, Michigan children are being lured by human traffickers into dangerous situations where they will be exploited sexually.
Harris has been charged with a single count of racketeering, one count of soliciting a minor for child sexually abusive activity, and two counts of prostitution. News reports indicate that all of the charges Harris faces are each punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Michigan prostitution and solicitation attorneys understand that facing criminal charges is stressful, and the criminal penalties for those convicted extremely harsh. These matters must be thoroughly investigated. No one wants to think about spending 20 years (or more) of their life behind bars. A sex crime conviction will leave you facing a ruined reputation and career; the stigma will follow you throughout your life.
Regardless of the situation, individuals who are arrested for recruiting underage individuals for prostitution or other sex-related crimes are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If you or someone you know have been arrested or charged with a crime, contact an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crimes lawyer immediately for the best possible outcome.