Sus­pected pimp, 17, may be youngest ever charged

Mom was caught in on­line bust

Boston Herald - - INSIDE TRACK - By MATT STOUT and JES­SICA HESLAM — matthew.stout@boston­her­ald.com

A would-be teen pimp tried forc­ing his un­der­age girl­friend into the sex trade and then threat­ened to “vi­o­late” her grand­par­ents when she re­fused, po­lice say, in what is be­lieved to be the first time a ju­ve­nile has been charged un­der the state’s sex traf­fick­ing law.

The case against D’Vante “Roc” Bly-Mol­len­thiel, 17, would forge new ground in the fight against the state’s grow­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing scourge. Five years af­ter the state law took ef­fect, dozens of men and women have been charged, but a Her­ald sur­vey of pros­e­cu­tors statewide yes­ter­day did not find another case in which the de­fen­dant was un­der 18.

The Brock­ton teen’s al­leged foray into pimp­ing also un­der­scores what ad­vo­cates warn is the sex trade’s in­grained in­ter-gen­er­a­tional prob­lem. Bly-Mol­len­thiel’s mother has a his­tory of pros­ti­tu­tion con­vic­tions her­self, and, po­lice say, has posted ads to the same dark cor­ners of the in­ter­net where her son is ac­cused of cir­cu­lat­ing pic­tures of his vic­tim­ized girl­friend.

“Hu­man traf­fick­ing is a brutal crime that often goes un­re­ported,” said Ply­mouth County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Ti­mothy J. Cruz, whose of­fice is prose­cut­ing BlyMol­len­thiel as a youth­ful of­fender.

“These cases prove great chal­lenges for law en­force­ment, who con­tinue to have to adapt their in­ves­ti­ga­tions to iden­tify traf­fick­ing vic­tims and ar­rest those who are traf­fick­ing in­di­vid­u­als,” Cruz said.

In­dicted in March, BlyMol­len­thiel faces up to life in prison on charges of traf­fick­ing a mi­nor and in­duc­ing a mi­nor into pros­ti­tu­tion.

His girl­friend, who is 17, told po­lice she and “Roc” had dated for a month last spring when he started to be­come “very force­ful ... and told (her) that she needed to per­form sex­ual acts for money and make him $1,000 dur­ing the night.”

“Don’t you love me? If you do, you will do this,” he told her, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port ob­tained by the Her­ald.

Bly-Mol­len­thiel then rented a Brock­ton ho­tel room for her and listed an ad with her phone num­ber on Back­page.com, po­lice said. The girl said she ul­ti­mately never took an “ap­point­ment” in her room and tried to leave the next morn­ing, only to be slapped by Bly-Mol­len­thiel. She was fi­nally able to es­cape, but Bly-Mol­len­thiel started to call and text her, claim­ing she owed him money for the ho­tel, po­lice said.

He told her he would “stomp her the (ex­ple­tive) out” and that he’d go to her grand­par­ents’ home and “vi­o­late on” them, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Bly-Mol­len­thiel is cur­rently in cus­tody, and his lawyer did not re­turn a re­quest for com­ment yes­ter­day.

“My son’s in­no­cent, that’s all I can say to you,” his mother, Derlmi­nah Mol­len­thiel, told a Her­ald re­porter in a brief phone in­ter­view yes­ter­day be­fore hang­ing up.

She did not re­spond to fur­ther at­tempts to speak to her about her own criminal his­tory, which, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, in­cludes con­vic­tions on charges of sex­ual con­duct for a fee in 2008 and 2014. In one case, po­lice said they re­sponded to an on­line ad for an es­cort named “Sugar,” and the woman, later iden­ti­fied as Mol­len­thiel, told a de­tec­tive pos­ing as a john it would cost him $150 for sex.

The pat­tern of sons fol­low­ing

‘ “My fa­ther was a pimp, my grand­fa­ther was a pimp, now I’m a pimp.” (The be­lief is) it’s a suc­cess story.’ — DR. WENDY MACIAS-KONSTANTOP­OULOS direc­tor, MGH Hu­man Traf­fick­ing Ini­tia­tive

rel­a­tives into the sex trade isn’t new. Ray­mond Jef­freys, a Dorch­ester pimp who was sen­tenced to 30 years in fed­eral prison in 2016, was raised by a “crack whore” mother and sur­rounded by pimps, his lawyer told the court last year.

“I grew up, you know, think­ing I was go­ing to be a pimp,” Jef­freys said at his sen­tenc­ing.

Vic­tim ad­vo­cates told the Her­ald dur­ing a round­table on sex traf­fick­ing in the pa­per’s of­fices last month that they’re in­tent on break­ing an “in­ter­gen­er­a­tional” cy­cle in which chil­dren of sur­vivors churn out of child wel­fare sys­tems, only to fol­low a sim­i­lar path.

“The FBI has in­ter­views … from traf­fick­ers and pimps who clearly say there is an in­ter­gen­er­a­tional process to it,” Dr. Wendy Ma­ci­asKon­stan­topou­los, direc­tor of Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Hospi­tal’s Hu­man Traf­fick­ing Ini­tia­tive, said at the time.

“‘My fa­ther was a pimp, my grand­fa­ther was a pimp, now I’m a pimp,’ ” Ma­ci­asKon­stan­topou­los said. The be­lief is “it’s a suc­cess story.”

STAFF FILE PHOTO BY MATT STOUT

FROM PAR­ENT TO CHILD: Mass. Gen­eral Hospi­tal’s Dr. Wendy Macias-Konstantop­oulos says the FBI is see­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing as ‘an in­ter­gen­er­a­tional process.’

STAFF FILE PHOTO BY MATT WEST

UN­DER­AGE: Ply­mouth County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Ti­mothy J. Cruz is prose­cut­ing D’Vante Bly-Mol­len­thiel, 17, as a youth­ful of­fender.

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