Hammond Man Gets Life in Prison for Sex Trafficking, Child Porn Conviction

Hammond Police, FBI and members of the Northwest Indiana Human Trafficking Working Group were credited with bring the offender to justice by US Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch

April 24, 2018-A Hammond Man was sentenced to life in prison for trafficking a 14 year old girl and a 15 year old girl in prostitution according to a statement from United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch. According to Court records, 42 year old Ronnie Cosby of Hammond was convicted after a 6 day jury trial before United States District Court Judge Philip Simon. Judge Simon handed down 3 concurrent sentences of life in prison on April 23, 2018. Ronnie Cosby still faces a separate charge of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in prostitution.

“According to publicly available information in the case, between December 2014 and February 2015, Cosby caused two minor females to engage in prostitution at his apartment in Hammond, Indiana, and other nearby locations. Cosby met one victim, a 14 year-old homeless girl, on Badoo, an online dating website, and within hours began prostituting her out of his apartment in Hammond, Indiana. Cosby met the second victim, a 15 year-old high school student, through a friend, and within a day offered her sexual services online to men in exchange for money. Cosby transported this second minor victim from Hammond to a hotel in Lansing, Illinois, where he and another working at his direction kept her under constant surveillance while arranging for men to come to the hotel to have sex with her. Cosby took sexually explicit images of both minor victims using his mobile phone and uploaded the images to Backpage.com, a website he used to offer them up to strangers interested in paying for sex. Cosby also texted images of both victims to friends and repeat prostitution customers to drum up additional business” according to the written release.

The United States Department of Justice seized the website backpage.com last month according to the statement.

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