Former area residents charged in sex trafficking

A 21 year-old woman who once resided in Stratford and Greenwich has been indicted, along with a Jamaican citizen who lived in Hartford with the trafficking of five children for commercial sex.

The Milford and Stratford police departments aided the FBI in investigating the case, federal officials said. It was not immediately clear whether any of the child victims were from Milford or Stratford.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly announced the indictments on Wednesday, after Wellington Brown, also known as “Jamal,” 25, was arraigned on the charge.

Sheena Dume, who had lived at one time in Stratford and in Greenwich, had been arraigned last week, but no announcement was made at that time.

The two conspired with each other and with other people to “recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide, obtain, and maintain five different minor victims, knowing that the minors would be caused to engage in a commercial sex act,” the indictment states.

The scheme was active from June, 2013 until February, court records indicate, and Brown and Dume were arrested on July 30 in Glen Burnie, Maryland and brought to Connecticut for trial, Daly said.   

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum term of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.

The case is assigned to United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven.

Frank Juliano