BOSTON — A serial sex trafficker who pimped out multiple women – including minors – for over a decade, will spend the next 11 and a half years behind bars.
On Thursday, Feb. 1o, U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris sentenced Bruce “Arki” Brown, 43, of Dorchester to 138 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
According to a press release from the FBI, on Nov. 1, 2021, Brown pled guilty to sex trafficking of a minor, transportation of a minor for purposes of prostitution, two counts of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering.
“For more than 15 years, Brown preyed upon women and profited from his sex trafficking enterprise. His exploitation and violence caused immeasurable harm and trauma,” said United States Attorney Rachael Rollins. “Many people assume that this kind of depravity doesn’t exist in our communities, but it does. Sex trafficking activity on the local level is a reality – and so is imprisonment. Today’s sentence shows that those who engage in such heinous crimes will be identified, prosecuted and put behind bars.”
Brown was arrested back in February 2020 and has remained in federal custody since that time. He was additionally indicted in June 2020 for obstruction of justice for witness tampering. According to the FBI’s release, Brown directed co-conspirators to call up the witnesses in an attempt to get them to either modify or withdraw their testimony against him. Brown is alleged to have called this scheme “Plan B.”
Brown is said to have targeted transients and otherwise mentally vulnerable victims using psychological manipulation techniques to maintain control over them.
“What Bruce Brown did is unconscionable. He sexually exploited vulnerable victims and plied them with promises of a better life and then used violence, and psychological manipulation as a means of control,” said Joseph Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “Today’s sentence cannot erase the harm inflicted upon his victims, but it keeps Mr. Brown exactly where he belongs—behind bars. The FBI will never stop working to find and help victims of human trafficking, to protect them from further abuse, and to keep their traffickers from hurting anyone else.”