Northeast Times

Frankford man charged with running violent prostitution ring

State po­lice have been look­ing for Frank­ford res­id­ent John Calv­in “G” Guerra since 2010 to ar­rest him on charges he ran a vi­ol­ent pros­ti­tu­tion ring that re­cruited minors and ad­vert­ised its ser­vices on­line.

The Pennsylvania State Po­lice’s Or­gan­ized Crime Unit found him on Aug. 7 in West Phil­adelphia.

Guerra, 38, who lived on the 4300 block of Tack­awanna St., is ac­cused of run­ning a Phil­adelphia-area pros­ti­tu­tion ring that re­cruited wo­men as young as 17 with of­fers of cash or drugs. Guerra al­legedly con­tin­ued to con­trol the wo­men with in­tim­id­a­tion and vi­ol­ence, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Kath­leen Kane’s of­fice.

The or­gan­iz­a­tion al­legedly pro­moted its ser­vices on Craigslist un­der the “erot­ic sec­tion,” ac­cord­ing to Kane’s of­fice. Guerra’s pros­ti­tutes were sup­plied with laptop com­puters, cred­it card num­bers, di­git­al cam­er­as and cell phones.

Guerra is be­ing held without bail on charges of as­sault, sexu­al ex­ploit­a­tion of chil­dren, con­spir­acy, dis­play of ob­scene ma­ter­i­al, crim­in­al use of a com­mu­nic­a­tion fa­cil­ity, cor­rup­tion of minors and pro­mot­ing pros­ti­tu­tion. He also faces drug charges.

He will have a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing Aug. 21 in Room 703 of the Crim­in­al Justice Cen­ter, 13th and Fil­bert streets.

“I hope that some re­lief comes to the wo­men ter­ror­ized and ex­ploited by this in­di­vidu­al,” Kane said. “He is fi­nally go­ing to pay for his hein­ous crimes. Hu­man traf­fick­ing in an alarm­ing world­wide crisis, and the ef­fects of sex slaves are dev­ast­at­ing for vic­tims and their fam­il­ies.”

Guerra’s co-de­fend­ants, Elton Crom­well, Ed­inel­son Men­dez Jr. and Duane Ro­ger Thomas, were charged with him in 2010 and have since entered guilty pleas, ac­cord­ing to Kane’s of­fice. ••

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