Prosecutor: Worcester Kilby Street gang members forced heroin addicts to prostitute themselves

ovani Delosantos in Worcester Central District Court on human trafficking charges. (Lindsay Corcoran | MassLive.com)

ovani Delosantos in Worcester Central District Court on human trafficking charges. (Lindsay Corcoran | MassLive.com)

WORCESTER – Prosecutors said members of Worcester's Kilby Street gang are preying on young women addicted to heroin and forcing them into prostituting themselves while giving the proceeds back to the gang.

Jovani Delosantos, 23, was charged with six counts of human trafficking on Tuesday in Worcester Central District Court. Victoria Power, 20, was also charged with six counts of human trafficking.

Assistant District Attorney Timothy Westerman detailed a months-long Worcester Police Department investigation into the Kilby Street gang for human trafficking.

"They took advantage of young, heroin-addicted women for their own profits," Westerman said. "It's the actions of his defendant and his associates which is a major part of this problem (the drug epidemic)."

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