A 26-year-old man with ties to Texas and Florida allegedly transported two women from Oregon to the Boston area where he coerced them into performing sex acts for a fee and then collected all of the money for himself, a Suffolk County prosecutor said Tuesday.
Angelo D. Lombardo was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of trafficking for sexual servitude and deriving support from prostitution, according to Boston police and Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins’s office. He will face a similar charge in South Boston Municipal Court, officials said.
Lombardo, whose most recent address is in Lowell, was ordered held pending a dangerousness hearing set for July 20. Not-guilty pleas to all charges were entered on his behalf.
“This is an individual who has been sex trafficking for many years,” said Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Alyssa Tochka. “He came to Boston because he thought it would be an easy way to continue to traffic women.”
Lombardo allegedly brought two women to Boston from Portland, Ore., where he previously trafficked them, the prosecutor said. Lombardo allegedly posted photos of them online and arranged the dates with customers in Oregon and “all over Suffolk County,” including Revere, Tochka said.
“He received all of the money that they (the women) made,” she said.
Lombardo is also believed to have threatened one of the women with a firearm, Tochka said.
“He has a very lengthy record in Texas and Florida that spans over 20 pages,” the prosecutor said in court. That record includes witness intimidation, various violent crimes, burglaries, and firearms and narcotics charges, she said.
Lombardo was arrested Monday in downtown Boston following an investigation by the Boston Police Department’s Human Trafficking and Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, along with the FBI and State and Revere police.
A spokeswoman for the Boston FBI office declined to comment Tuesday afternoon, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.
Lombardo allegedly trafficked a total of three women, only two of whom were brought to Suffolk County, officials said.
The investigation is ongoing, officials said.