Two charged in local human trafficking operation

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette Tuesday announced that he has filed multiple felony counts against Kyren Faciane, 22, of Detroit and Carlos Fox, 39, of Detroit, for their alleged operation of a human trafficking operation.

Both Faciane and Fox were charged with the following five felonies:

• Two counts each of Human Trafficking — Force — Commercial Sex, 15-year felony.
• Two counts each Prostitution / Accepting Earnings, 20-year felony.
• One count each of Criminal Enterprise — Conducting, 20-year felony.

“Individuals who prey on and coerce young women into prostitution are despicable,” said Schuette. “I want to thank my Department’s Human Trafficking Unit that continues to tackle the horrible allegations of human trafficking again and again. This is a difficult, disturbing crime and they are dedicated to tackling it head on.”

Faciane and Fox were taken into custody on lesser charges on February 14 and charged in this case while in custody on Friday, February 16, before Magistrate Washington. Both are still currently in custody. A preliminary conference held February 26 before Judge Deborah Nance was adjourned until March 5.

An investigation led by the Southeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes task force allegedly revealed a sex trafficking operation being run since the beginning of 2018 in Southfield and Redford.

As part of an ongoing investigation, task force agents conducted an undercover operation in Southfield in February which led to the arrest of Faciane and Fox.

Upon further interviews with the alleged victims in this case, it was discovered that the alleged prostitution operation was actually a human trafficking operation.

The victims were allegedly recruited, given highly addictive drugs and then threatened with force in order to stay.