FBI Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Lamkin
JONESBORO — A federal jury has convicted a former Ellenwood resident for operating a sex trafficking ring in the metro Atlanta area, said the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District.
U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates announced in a press release that Soloman Manasseh Mustafa, 38, of Stone Mountain, was found guilty after an eight-day trial of sex trafficking, kidnapping, transporting women across state lines for prostitution, document servitude and enticement of a minor for sexual activity.
The U.S. Criminal Code states that a person can be convicted of document servitude when he or she “knowingly destroys, conceals, removes, confiscates or possesses any actual or purported passport or other immigration document, or any other actual or purported government identification document, of another person” for the purposes of restricting that person’s liberty, such as in the cases of human trafficking.
Yates said Mustafa was known for committing violent sexual acts against his victims, binding them with duct tape, taking their identification and committing other atrocities in order to hold them captive.
“This defendant brutally assaulted young women to force them into acts of prostitution in three states,” said Yates. “While all of the victims managed to escape from the defendant, many were beaten, raped, handcuffed and forced to snort cocaine by the defendant and his co-conspirator. Now, he faces a lengthy sentence in federal prison.”
His co-conspirator was Kalandra Annette Wallace, 25, of Jonesboro. Both were indicted May 10, 2011. Wallace pleaded guilty Oct. 11 and testified against Mustafa.
Brian D. Lamkin, Atlanta FBI special agent in charge, described the case as “heinous.”
“(The) guilty verdict in one of the most heinous human trafficking matters to be addressed in this region is most heartfelt by those directly involved,” said Lamkin. “The FBI is proud of the role that it played in removing an individual such as Mr. Mustafa from the streets where he preyed on and exploited these vulnerable women, to include juveniles.”
Yates said Mustafa and Wallace recruited and enticed young women through advertisements on Internet sites such as craigslist.com and Backpage.com, luring them into prostitution in metro Atlanta. Mustafa and Wallace physically assaulted many of the victims, preventing them from leaving hotels or apartments and forcing them to engage in commercial sex acts, she said.
Yates said the sex trafficking, kidnapping and enticement of a minor charges each carry a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing has been set for Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr.
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 all expenses paid for two weeks. The woman said Mustafa took her to his Ellenwood apartment, handcuffed and raped 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 in Holly Springs when a 13-year-old girl agreed through text messages to become a “sex slave” for him and an associate, court documents said.
Wallace has legal issues of her own, according to Clayton 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.