MINNEAPOLIS — One of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) 10 most wanted human trafficking fugitives was arrested, by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents in Chicago, while he was leaving a hospital in Gary, Indiana, on Friday afternoon.
Jamal Moore, 33, is currently wanted in Hennepin County (Minneapolis) Minnesota on a state charge of promoting prostitution of a minor. A bench warrant was issued after Moore failed to appear for a pre-trial court date to face the charge in January 2013. The bench warrant was issued via the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.
Moore’s arrest Friday resulted from a tip that he had recently checked into a Gary, Indiana hospital under an assumed name.
This case was initiated in August of 2012 after information was obtained that a juvenile girl was posted online for the purposes of commercial sex acts. HSI St. Paul and the Minneapolis Police Department, responding to the tip, rescued a juvenile female from a local hotel room.
In addition to the charge of promoting prostitution, Moore is wanted in Minnesota on a second charge of felony domestic assault. Moore will be extradited to Minnesota to face these charges.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – In August 2012, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) St. Paul and the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) responded to a tip about a sexual ad of juvenile girl posted on Backpage.com. HSI and MPD responded to the tip and recovered the juvenile female victim from a hotel room.
Jamal Moore was identified at the hotel room and taken into custody. The victim later stated during an interview that Moore was her trafficker.
On Jan. 17, 2013, Moore failed to appear in Minnesota state court, County of Hennepin, for a pre-trial hearing. A bench warrant was issued. He remains a fugitive.
Members of the public are warned not to attempt to apprehend any subject. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of these fugitives should immediately contact the local ICE office or call the national hotline at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (866-347-2423) as soon as possible. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Tips can also be submitted online at www.ICE.gov/tips.
Tips can also be submitted to MPD's Tip Line at 612-692-TIPS (8477).