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Local pair face federal human-trafficking charges

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

A Jonesboro woman, and a man with ties to Clayton County, face federal charges of human sex trafficking, kidnapping, and transporting women across state lines for prostitution.

Solomon Manasseh Mustafa, 37, formerly of Ellenwood, and Kalandra Annette Wallace, 24, of Jonesboro, have been indicted on the charges in federal court.

Mustafa made a first appearance in court, but Wallace is in state prison on theft charges from a DeKalb County case, and has not been arraigned.

The pair allegedly established a pattern of forcing women into prostitution in multiple jurisdictions, crossing state lines into Alabama and North Carolina. Federal prosecutors say they recruited women through Internet sites, such as craigslist.com and backpage.com.

Specifically, the federal indictment alleges that two female victims were bound with duct tape and put in a closet. The women were then taken to Homewood, Ala., for the purpose of having sex with men for money. The money was then to be turned over to Wallace and Mustafa.

Mustafa was charged with false imprisonment and rape in a May 2010 Clayton County case, according to court documents. The alleged victim told police she answered an ad on craigslist.com to audition for an assignment on a prostitution team, with two weeks of all-expenses paid. The woman said Mustafa took her to his Ellenwood apartment, handcuffed her and raped and sodomized her.

The woman said she escaped with the handcuffs still on, and climbed out a second-story window to get away.

A female witness also told police she assisted Mustafa in the assault, because he is a violent person and she feared he would do the same to her if she did not comply.

Mustafa was arrested when a 13-year-old girl agreed through text messages to become a sex slave for him and an associate, court documents show.

Wallace has legal issues of her own, according to Clayton County State Court records. She pleaded no contest in 2009 to giving a false name to officers, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and was sentenced to probation.