Charlotte man, U.S. Army Reserve soldier accused of sex trafficking

Credit: Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department

A U.S. Army Reserve soldier from Charlotte was arrested and charged by the Attorney General’s Office on Thursday for sex trafficking and other related offenses.

Xaver Boston, 28, was charged with six counts of sex trafficking, one count of inducing a person to travel in interstate commerce for purposes of prostitution, and two counts of using an interstate facility to promote a prostitution enterprise.

According to the indictment, between 2012 and Spring 2016, and again between Spring 2017 and September 2017, Boston allegedly operated a prostitution enterprise and sex trafficked young women, including one girl who was a minor.  

Authorities say he advertised the women on Backpage.com and profited from the money made. Reports allege he provided the women with drugs, including heroin, to maintain control of their actions, and he used violence as punishment when he suspected they were withholding proceeds from him, lying to him, or not following his directions.

Each sex trafficking count carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life, as well as mandatory restitution and a $250,000 fine.

This case is being investigated by the FBI in Charlotte and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.