Punish Pimp Who Pleaded Guilty to Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking by Ira Gelb

Target: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

Goal: Punish man who pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges to the fullest extent of the law.

A Dorchester resident recently pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges. Michael Leoney, ironically known as “Pure,” ran a human trafficking ring in Boston alongside his brother, Shaun Leoney. The charges include several counts of sexual servitude, deriving support from prostitution, and conspiracy to traffic persons for sexual servitude.

The Attorney General’s office launched a joint investigation into the brothers’ operations four years ago with the Boston Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit. According to the current Attorney General, Maura Healey, Leoney “exploited women by recruiting them, transporting them and coercing them to engage in commercial sex for his own personal profit.” Leoney further incriminated himself by advertising the women on websites and personally managed the finances of the operation.

Both brothers received income from the women on a daily basis and used force to coerce them into doing as they were told. Shaun Leoney is already serving his seven year sentence after pleading guilty last year. Michael Leoney was indicted recently, but will not receive sentencing until later this month.

Add your name to the petition to thank Attorney General Healey and her team for their great work and to urge her to ensure she sees the rest of her work through by encouraging a maximum sentence. The fact that Michael Leoney could logically turn his illegal actions into a business shows no remorse for his actions, and shows that he planned the whole thing through. The only thing that went “wrong” in his operations is that he got caught.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Healey,

It recently came to my attention that a man by the name of Michael Leoney has pleaded guilty to several counts of human trafficking charges. These included conspiracy to traffic persons for sexual servitude, trafficking persons for sexual servitude, and deriving support from prostitution. I was horrified to learn that Shaun Leoney, his brother, was also involved in similar operations, and that they ran their modern day slavery operations almost like a legitimate business. They even took steps to manage the finances and “market” the women online.

We all sleep a little more easily knowing these two men will be behind bars for a long time. As a result, I would like to thank you for the amazing work you and your office have done in conjunction with the Boston Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit. Not only did your work lead to the restored freedom of several women, but enough evidence was found against Michael Leoney to encourage him to plead guilty as charged.

Still, the work is not yet over. Despite the abolition of legal slavery, many women and children are still being enslaved today for profit on the black market. Continue to make a stand against these activities by ensuring Michael Leoney gets the maximum punishment the law affords for his behavior.

Not only did he cause these women physical harm and emotional distress, but he robbed them of their freedom and dignity. We urge you to ensure he suffers the same fate by keeping him behind bars for as long as the law allows.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ira Gelb

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