CAMDEN—A Newark man who was the second-in-command of a prostitution enterprise that recruited and prostituted minor girls in several New Jersey cites pleaded guilty in federal court on Jan. 5, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Ibn Shabazz, 35, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to a one-count Information that charges him with conspiracy to engage in the sex trafficking of others by force, fraud and coercion.
Rodriguez continued the defendant’s detention pending sentencing, which is scheduled for April 12.
At his plea hearing, Shabazz admitted that he conspired with Kasiem Brown, who was allegedly the leader of the prostitution enterprise, and others to recruit, harbor and transport minor girls and adult women to various cities within New Jersey, including Atlantic City, Elizabeth, Newark and Irvington.
Shabazz said that as pimps, he and Brown, 35, of Newark, organized and managed a prostitution ring that operated from at least as early as June 2005 and continued until October 2006. Shabazz admitted that as part of their enterprise they employed at least three girls who were under the age of 18 and several adult females to work as prostitutes for them.
Shabazz admitted that his role in the enterprise included driving the females to and from various locations in New Jersey so that they could work as prostitutes. According to Shabazz, those locations included such places as strip clubs, sex parties in private homes and various “tracks,” that is locations that are known for prostitution activity.
Brown is currently pending trial on related charges and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The charge to which Shabazz pleaded guilty carries a statutory maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
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