MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade police have arrested fourSouth Floridamen in connection with an alleged child prostitution ring that targeted teenagers in foster care.
29-year-old Eric George Earle, 30-year-old Anturrell Nathaniel Dean, 34-year-old David Zarifi and 65-year-old Willie Calvin Bivens now face felony charges for conspiracy, racketeering and unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Investigators say they recruited one teenager living in a group home, who then recruited others to have sex with men for money.
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“They used and abused them and sold them like commodities,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Although she describes all of the suspects as predators who targeted vulnerable, teenaged foster kids, she believes Earle was the ring leader.
“He is the one who would befriend the girls. He started with the first person. He recruited her, trained her and convinced her to be a recruiter for other girls.”
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