PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of sex trafficking, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The one-count Indictment, returned on February 11, 2021, named Anthony Juskowich, 22, as the sole defendant.
According to the Indictment, from in and around January 2020 to May 2020, Juskowich knowingly engaged in sex trafficking, using force, threats of force, fraud or coercion, on an adult female, known to the Grand Jury, to cause her to engage in commercial sex acts.
“Human trafficking is a crime that impacts every community in western Pennsylvania,” said U.S. Attorney Brady. “My office will use every available resource to bring human traffickers to justice and to assist trafficking survivors.”
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 15 years and up to life in prison, a fine not to exceed $250,000.00 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Narcotics Division, and the Moon Township Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.
This prosecution is part of Operation T.E.N. (Trafficking Ends Now). Operation T.E.N. serves as an umbrella coalition for law enforcement, community and non-profit partners in the 25 counties in the Western District of Pennsylvania. This coordinated effort aims to end human trafficking through education and improved cooperation, thereby enhancing the office’s ability to empower victims of human trafficking to become thriving survivors.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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