So he did what any scientist of the latter 19th century would have done: he fired his male assistant and replaced him with his maid, Williamina Fleming. Fleming proved so adept at computing and copying that she would work at Harvard for 34 years—eventually managing a large staff of assistants. Some of these women would produce ificant work on their own; some would even earn a certain level of fame among followers of female scientists.
A Georgia man and woman used websites to lure young women into meeting with them and then physically assaulted them, prevented them from leaving and forced them into prostitution, prosecutors said. Soloman Manasseh Mustafa, 37, of Stone Mountain was arraigned before a federal magistrate judge Wednesday. A grand jury indicted him and year-old Kalandra Annette Wallace of Jonesboro last week after prosecutors said they operated a sex trafficking ring in metro Atlanta and sometimes transported young women to Alabama or North Carolina to engage in sex acts.
An initial court appearance for Wallace has not been scheduled.
Horn said the case is very ificant and, though all the victims managed to escape, he said the case illustrates the danger to young women involved and the damage that can be done. The pair face charges including sex trafficking, kidnapping and transporting women across state lines for prostitution. Mustafa also faces charges of receiving child pornography and trying to persuade a juvenile to have sex with him.
He's being held in the Cherokee County jail. His court-appointed lawyer, Judy Fleming, did not immediately return an and a phone call seeking comment Wednesday.
The pair posted on websites like Craigslist and Back to recruit the young women between January and Juneaccording to the indictment. Five women and one minor are identified as victims in the indictment by their initials, and prosecutors said the investigation is ongoing.
One ad posted by Mustafa sought "an 'escort' who would live with him in a 'family-like' situation," the indictment says. Another posted by Wallace wanted "a person to 'be with her to make money. After making contact with the women, Mustafa and Wallace would often take nude or semi-nude photographs of them to post online to advertise commercial sex acts, the indictment says.
Sometimes they forced the young women to have sex with one or the other of them, the indictment says. Some victims told investigators that were forced to inhale a powdery white substance that appeared to be cocaine, and most of them reported physical abuse, such as being hit in the face.
Some reported being threatened with a gun, and some reported being bound with duct tape and locked in a closet or forced to lie in bed between Mustafa and Wallace. When the women performed sex acts for money they had to give all or most of the money to Mustafa or Wallace, the indictment says.
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Two of the women were bound with duct tape and taken to Alabama to have sex with men, and another was taken to North Carolina for the same purpose, the indictment says. Mustafa accused one victim of having a romantic relationship with one of her "clients" and, to punish her, took her mobile phone, state identification card and Social Security card, the indictment says.
He warned her that if she left he'd call the police and have her locked up. Mustafa also sent text messages to a girl he believed to be 14 "regarding her becoming a 'sex slave,' having '2 masters,' and promising to purchase clothes for her," the indictment says.
It says he had her send him photos, then he and Wallace went to the teen's home and encouraged her to climb out the window by tying bed sheets together. Once she was in the car, she became scared and begged to be allowed to go home, and they finally let her out in a subdivision close to her home.