The supervisor of a Bartonsville lodge was sentenced to 15 yrs in prison for supporting facilitate drug and sexual intercourse trafficking functions in Monroe County between 2011 and 2019.
Prosecutors point out Faizal Bhimani, 45, made the Howard Johnson Hotel in Bartonsville a “safe haven for prison action.” He made rooms accessible for sexual intercourse traffickers and drug sellers, and at moments took payment for the lodge directly from the proceeds of prison activity.
His sentencing arrives much more than a year just after the two-week demo was held in Scranton, where witnesses recounted the abuse they endured behind shut doors. Their testimony aided convict Bhimani, alongside with his co-defendant Nazim Hassam, and two resort providers, Om Sri Sai, Inc., a Pennsylvania company, and the Pocono Plaza Inn hotel, previously regarded as the Quality Inn, in Stroudsburg.
Their conviction marked the to start with time a resort, a lodge owner, or a hotel basic manager was convicted of felony sex trafficking offenses for aiding and abetting in Pennsylvania.
Prosecutors stated Bhimani allowed recognised criminals to check out into the hotel beneath aliases, and he warned them when legislation enforcement were being near — like during the manhunt in 2014 for Eric Frein. Several admitted intercourse traffickers and drug sellers testified that they properly evaded arrest thanks to Bhimani’s warnings.
Females who survived the trafficking testified that they ended up pressured into prostitution as a result of blackmail and relied on pimps for meals, outfits and cleanliness items. They were being punished if they failed to abide by the rules, prosecutors stated, and those who were addicted to heroin or crack had been specified “just adequate medications to continue to keep them working.”
Bhimani was carefully related with the traffickers, and he realized of the approaches they utilised to compel victims to have intercourse for income, prosecutors mentioned. Other workforce at the hotel realized, way too, and at least two had sex with victims, including co-defendant Hassam.
Hassam and Bhimani are between 40 defendants convicted in federal courtroom as a result of the 6-year, joint investigation into sexual intercourse trafficking, drug trafficking, and violent crime in Monroe County. The case was investigated by the FBI, the Stroud Location Regional Police Section, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Workplace, and the Pennsylvania Condition Law enforcement.
Hannah Phillips is the general public basic safety reporter at Pocono Record. Achieve her at [email protected].