Army reserve soldier from Charlotte convicted of sex trafficking

- A U.S. Army reserve solider from Charlotte has been convicted by a federal grand jury of six counts of sex trafficking and one count of using an interstate facility to promote a prostitution enterprise, according to the Department of Justice. 

Evidence presented during the three day trial, including the testimony of three of the four victims identified in the indictment by their initials, revealed that Xaver M. Boston, 29, who served in the U.S. Army as a reserve military policeman, operated an extensive sex trafficking enterprise in the Charlotte area between 2012 and September 2017, except for a brief period when he was deployed overseas.

Boston recruited the victims, young women and one teenager who were all struggling with drug addictions, by promising to provide them with a place to live and drugs to feed their addictions.

Boston also falsely promised them a house, car, and other material possessions. Boston then advertised them on Backpage.com for prostitution and collected the proceeds for his own profit.

After recruiting the victims, Boston controlled their supply of highly addictive drugs such as heroin and hydrocodone pills. Without the drugs, the victims would experience excruciating physical and mental pain and withdrawal symptoms. In order to coerce the victims to prostitute, Boston withheld their drugs until after they completed commercial sex acts, and he withheld it as punishment if they failed to turn over all of the prostitution proceeds or otherwise violated his rules.      

Evidence presented at trial also showed that Boston used violence to control and coerce the victims on occasion. For example, he choked one victim on multiple occasions, and he punched and slapped others as well. Boston also used a pistol to strike one victim in the face, breaking her nose.    

“Xaver Boston promised his victims a better life, instead he robbed them of their civil rights and freedom to make a profit, now he will pay the price. The FBI devotes a significant amount of resources to help sex trafficking victims recover from the trauma they suffer at the hands of ruthless people like Boston,” said John Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in North Carolina.

After deliberating for seven hours, the jury found the defendant guilty of seven out of nine counts contained in the indictment. Boston is currently in federal custody. Each sex trafficking charge carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life, mandatory restitution and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has not been set.

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