Two Massachusetts men face sex trafficking and conspiracy charges in what federal law enforcement officials say was an operation that transported women across the Northeast.
Kwamaine Wells, 26, of Brockton, and Akil DeCoteau, 27, of Boston, allegedly transported women between Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York between May 2013 and January 2014, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In addition, Wells is accused of transporting four women between Massachusetts, Maine, New York, and Connecticut across April 2013 to February 2014, with the intent of using them as prostitutes. Wells also allegedly used force and threats to coerce to women into prostitution, according to the indictment.
Wells faces four charges of transportation of an individual for prostitution, two charges of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion, and one conspiracy charge.
DeCoteau was charged with transportation of an individual for prostitution and conspiracy.
The defendants are set to be arraigned on Friday, according to court documents, and the government will move to detain them ahead of a trial.
DeCoteau’s attorney James Cipoletta said he plans to plead not guilty and that there is no reason for DeCoteau’s detention.
An attorney for Wells declined to comment.