Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced today that prosecutors in her Human Trafficking Unit have successfully prosecuted what is believed to be the first criminal court case in Florida to be charged pursuant to the recently enacted Human Trafficking statute.
Assistant State Attorneys Jane Anderson and Anna-Bo Emmanuel convicted David Salomon on one count of Human Trafficking involving the commercial sexual exploitation of a minor.
The jury trial lasted two days and Salomon was convicted after three hours of deliberation. Salomon is a habitual felony offender and is facing Life in Prison for this crime. Sentencing is set before Circuit Court Judge Rodney Smith on January 30, 2014.
This case originated during a City of Miami undercover police operation targeting prostitution in the area of Biscayne Boulevard and N.E. 79th Street. A young girl who solicited two undercover officers for prostitution turned out to have been just 15 years old. Another officer, acting as an eyeball, noticed defendant Salomon communicating with the young girl by hand signals and cell phone. The defendant appeared to be directing her to potential customers driving by and warning her of police presence. The defendant was arrested and Search Warrants were secured for both of their cell phones. The forensic examination of the cell phones exposed the full nature of their relationship. Text messages revealed that the defendant was acting as her pimp as she was being commercially sexually exploited on the streets of Miami. Unfortunately, the young victim has been missing since July 2013 and could not be located to testify at the trial.
David Salomon is exactly the type of predatory individual my Human Trafficking Task Force has targeted and will continue to target. His 15 year old victim lost her innocence forever by becoming nothing more than his personal cash machine, commented Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Fortunately, the City of Miami Police Department, the investigators and prosecutors from my Human Trafficking Task Force, and the expertise of the attorneys in my Cyber Crimes Unit, were able to compile sufficient evidence to gain a conviction in this difficult case.
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