AG Schuette charges 2 in sex trafficking case involving a minor

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Tuesday that his Human Trafficking Unit has charged two people with multiple felonies for the sex trafficking of a minor victim.

“Individuals who exploit vulnerable minors are some of the worst criminals we see,” said Scheutte. “These charges take two more of these alleged predators off the street and demonstrates the team work and commitment of law enforcement at state, local and federals levels on this case is an example of how the crime of sex trafficking is being tackled in Michigan. I look forward to continuing this partnership as we continue to confront this crime.”

Joseph McGough and Robert Stanfield from Port Huron, were charged with multiple felonies.

"The charges filed by the state's Human Trafficking Unit against these subjects for the shameful commercial sexual exploitation of minors soundly demonstrates how the FBI-led Macomb County Child Exploitation Task Force can and will continue to partner with the Attorney General's Office to protect vulnerable youth against sexual predators", said David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge, Detroit Division of the FBI.

Joseph McGough, 23, Port Huron:
 Minor sex trafficking, a 20-year felony;
 Prostitution / Accepting Earnings, 20-year felony;
 Prostitution / Accepting Earnings 20-year felony;
 Prostitution / Transporting Female, 20-year felony
 Conducting a Criminal Enterprise, 20-year felony.
Robert Stanfield, 23, Port Huron:
 Minor sex trafficking, a 20-year felony;
 Prostitution / Accepting Earnings, 20-year felony;
 Prostitution / Transporting Female, 20-year felony
 Conducting a Criminal Enterprise, 20-year felony.

McGough was arrested and arraigned in late November in the 37th District Court in Warren. His bond was set at $300,000.00. McGough is currently beind held in the Macomb County Jail and his next court appearance is scheduled for December 14, 2017.

Stanfield was arrested and arraigned on Friday December 8, 2017 in the 37th District Court in Warren. His bond was set at $100,000. He’s due in court on December 21 for a probable cause conference and December 28 for a preliminary exam.

"The investigation and prosecution of anyone who commits such heinous crimes against children will always remain one of the FBI's top priorities.”