Man charged with sex trafficking out on bail

A man charged in a sex trafficking conspiracy has been released on bail, according to his lawyer. Rand Hooks, 50, was released earlier this week to the third-party custody of his wife on a $20,000 unsecured bond, said attorney Darrel Gardner. Hooks will also be on electronic monitoring, Gardner said.

In granting the release, U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Smith noted that Hooks is not charged with crimes of sex trafficking involving juveniles, Gardner said.

Hooks is the owner of the East 50th Avenue apartment where part of the prostitution business allegedly operated and is accused of various crimes, including exchanging rent money for sex.

The three others charged in the sex trafficking conspiracy remain in jail. They are Keyana “Koko” Marshall, 21, Sidney Lamar Greene, 39, and Sabil Mujahid, 52, the alleged ringleader.

Federal prosecutors say the ring involved underage girls, some recruited from the Alaska Federation of Natives convention and an Anchorage shelter for homeless teens. Prosecutors say the sex trafficking often involved coercion, threats and physical abuse, including beatings and rapes.

The trial for all is scheduled for February 2011.



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