ALBANY – A Colonie man was charged with crimes related to sex trafficking women and girls on Thursday, according to authorities involved in the multi-state investigation on Friday.
A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging Christopher Thomas, 38.
The indictment charged Thomas with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children, sex trafficking of a child, transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to transport an individual to engage in prostitution, and coercion and enticement.
Thomas allegedly recruited women and girls to engage in commercial sex and they then gave him the proceeds, state and federal authorities said.
Thomas is alleged to have used a website to advertise the women and girls for commercial sex in the Capital Region, Massachusetts, and elsewhere.
Thomas has been in custody since his arrest on May 12, 2020. If convicted of all offenses, he faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison.
This case is being investigated by the FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force and the New York State Police Troop G Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, with assistance from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, the Colonie, Albany and Bethlethem police departments, the Capital Region Crime Analysis Center, and the New York State Intelligence Center, as well as Vermont State Police and the Burlington, Vermont Police Department.
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