Rochester Man Convicted of Sex Trafficking

A Rochester man is looking at a minimum of 15 years in prison after being convicted of sex trafficking. 

A federal jury convicted Andre Barnes today of conspiracy to sex traffic minors, sex trafficking of minors and adults by force, and transportation of girls across state lines to engage in prostitution. 

Federal prosecutors say Barnes and co-defendant Christopher Johnson would recruit vulnerable girls and young women into prostitution while supplying them with drugs and threatening them with violence to keep them working for him. 

Prosecutors say Barnes and Johnson worked together from 2012 until May of 2013 when Barns was arrested for assaulting one of his victims at the Gates Motel. 

Barnes is facing 15-years to life in prison when he is sentenced in January. Johnson was previously convicted and is also awaiting sentencing.   


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