SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a federal grand jury in Scranton returned an indictment on June 14, 2016, charging a 39-year-old East Stroudsburg man with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force and coercion, and interstate transportation of others for purposes of prostitution.
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the Indictment alleges that Thurman Stanley allegedly forced and coerced several women to engage in prostitution in Monroe County and elsewhere, and transported women from Pennsylvania to New York, Iowa, and North Dakota to engage in prostitution.
The charges stem from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and Bismarck, North Dakota detectives.
The indictment alleges that Stanley and/or his co-conspirators used social network sites to recruit females for prostitution; used cell phones to post ads on adult escort websites to solicit customers; rented hotel and motel rooms in Monroe County and elsewhere for purposes of prostitution; provided heroin and other illegal drugs to the prostitutes; and used force, threats, and coercion to carry out prostitution activities. The indictment alleges that the conduct occurred between December 2013 and December 2015.