A U.S. Army reservist in Charlotte was convicted Thursday by a federal jury on six counts of sex trafficking, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.
Xaver Boston is 29 and from Charlotte. He served in the U.S. Army as a reserve military policeman.
During the trial, three victims revealed that Boston operated an extensive sex trafficking scheme in the Charlotte area from 2012 to September of 2017.
Boston recruited the victims, young women and one teen who were all struggling with drug addiction, by promising them housing and drugs to feed their addictions. Boston advertised them online for prostitution and collected the proceeds himself.
“The defendant in this case preyed upon young vulnerable women, exploiting their drug addictions and forcing them to engage in prostitution for his own profit,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Gore.
In order to coerce the victims into prostitution, Boston would withhold their drugs, causing them to go into excruciatingly painful withdrawal periods. Other evidence at the trial showed Boston also resorted to violence to control his victims. In one case he used a pistol to hit one victim in the face, breaking her nose.
“Xaver Boston promised his victims a better life, instead he robbed them of their civil rights and freedom to make a profit, now he will pay the price,” said John Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in North Carolina.
Boston was found guilty of six counts of sex trafficking and one count of using an interstate facility to promote a prostitution enterprise.
He has not yet been sentenced. Each sex trafficking charge carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life, mandatory restitution and a $250,000 fine.