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Two black pastors arrested for sex trafficking of children

The FBI busted two Ohio pastors on Friday for sex trafficking of children.

The FBI said that the two pastors, Cordell Jenkins, 46, and Anthony Haynes, 37, are “accused of knowingly recruiting, enticing, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person(s) that the defendants knew was less than eighteen years old to engage in commercial sex acts.”

In addition to these charges, Haynes is facing charges of obstruction of justice, and Jenkins faces a charge of sexual exploitation of children.

Jenkins is the founder and pastor of Abundant Life Ministries in Toledo.

 

NBC 24 reported that court documents revealed years of alleged sexual encounters between a then 14-year-old girl and the two men. The teen reportedly alleged that Haynes had sexual relations with a woman in front of her, and Jenkins allegedly made the girl have sex in a church office.

The report read that several sexual encounters took place at the church, and other hotels and motels in the Toledo area.

The girl was reportedly paid for the encounters and was forced to participate in threesomes. She was allegedly forced to bring another juvenile to participate who was also paid for the encounters. The girl’s phone was searched and nude photos of the teen were found along with videos of some of the encounters.

In a statement given by the FBI, both pastors were arrested at their Toledo residences without incident. Both men were set to have their initial appearance in U.S. District Court on Friday.

The FBI’s Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force carried out the investigation. The task force was made up of authorities belonging to the FBI, Toledo Police Department, Perrysburg Township Police Department, Lima Police Department, Oregon Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Lucas County Sheriff’s Office.

FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson made a statement to NBC 24 about sex crimes against children.

 

“Any crime that involves a child, exploiting a child, seizing on their vulnerabilities, on their trust that they have in adults, especially when people are in a position of trust.”

 

 

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