Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

June 7, 2013

2 sentenced in prostitution ring get 20+ years

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Two Atlanta men who ran a prostitution ring that employed underage girls and stretched from Maryland to Florida were sentenced Friday to 25 and 20 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors in Virginia sought life terms for Edwin Barcus, 27, and Joshua Dumas, 21. But U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema opted for sentences closer to the mandatory minimum of 20 years. Barcus received 25 years; Dumas received 20.

Barcus and Dumas were part of a branch of the Bloods street gang known as the “Cold-blooded Cartel,” prosecutors said.

Court documents indicate Barcus founded the operation, which prostituted at least 23 women and seven minors in seven Southern states as far back as 2007. Dumas, who had the word “pimp” tattooed above his eye, and Barcus used violence and intimidation to keep girls in the prostitution ring when they wanted to quit.

They recruited girls and women through backpage.com and other Internet sites.

“These two defendants engaged in some of the most deplorable conduct imaginable: They abused, assaulted, and sexually exploited young girls for commercial profit up and down the Eastern seaboard,” said Neil MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, whose office prosecuted the case. It’s one of numerous sex trafficking cases the office has prosecuted in recent years — many involving street gangs.

MacBride said prosecutors engaged in a conscious strategy to charge the two under statutes that would ensure a mandatory minimum of 20 years.

 

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