Prosecutor in Buffalo Sex Trafficking Case: ‘It’s happening here.’

Sept. 13, 2019

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She met him at Narcotics Anonymous.

He befriended her, took her in when her boyfriend was going to leave her, then became her crack supplier and her pimp, teaching her how to use Backpage, an online website where sex workers advertised themselves before the FBI shut it down last year.

“Hey guys,” the woman wrote on one of her Backpage ads. “I’m here to make your day.”

In federal court Thursday, the woman took the witness stand in the sex trafficking and narcotics conspiracy case against Valentino Shine Sr., who she said led her into the seedy – and lucrative – world of prostitution in Buffalo by taking advantage of her drug addiction and low self-esteem.
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