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Man Convicted of Human Trafficking



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    An Everett, Massachusetts, man was convicted of human trafficking at Everett Superior Court and sentenced Friday.

    Thirty-four-year-old Steven Diaz was arrested in 2014 after police stopped his vehicle. A woman sitting in the backseat asked for help.

    Marquis Campbell was also arrested was also in the car with Diaz and was arrested.

    Diaz is accused of picking the woman up days before he was arrested, and forced her into prostitution throughout the Massachusetts area during a three day period.

    Campbell's trial is set for September 12 and is accused of raping the victim and threatening her with violence.

    Campbell and Diaz allegedly took photos of the woman and subsequently used them to post advertisements for sexual services on websites known to advertise prostitution. They transported the victim to hotels and to outcalls, coerced her to engage in sexual acts with multiple men, monitored the money being earned and ultimately collected all of the proceeds. 

    Judge John Lu Diaz was sentenced to five to eight years in state prison.

    "Pimps and traffickers, like this one, prey on our most vulnerable residents and profit off of their exploitation," Attorney General Maura Healey said. "Human trafficking is not a victimless crime. We will continue to prosecute those committing these egregious crimes and to help prevent more victims from being brought into this horrible life."

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