U.S. Army reservist convicted of sex trafficking in North Carolina
An Army reservist who returned from Afghanistan earlier this year was convicted on prostitution and sex trafficking charges, the Justice Department announced Friday.
Prosecutors said Xaver M. Boston, operated a sex trafficking enterprise in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area between 2012 and September 2017, except for a brief period when he was deployed overseas.
Boston recruited young women and one teenager struggling with addiction by promising them a place to live and to feed their addictions, according to court documents. He would use those drugs, including heroin, to control them.
The women were advertised on Backpage.com, an website shut down earlier this year by the Justice Department, which alleged it promoted prostitution.
“The defendant in this case preyed upon young vulnerable women, exploiting their drug addictions and forcing them to engage in prostitution for his own profit,” said acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore.
Boston was found guilty on six counts of sex trafficking and one count of using an interstate facility to promote a prostitution enterprise. Each sex trafficking charge caries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life, plus a $250,000 fine.