Anthony Jones, 38, of Wilmington, Delaware, was convicted by a federal jury in April 2019 following a 14-day trial. Jones was found guilty of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors by force, fraud or coercion, and of sex trafficking three minors by force, fraud or coercion. According to evidence presented at trial and court documents, Jones and his codefendants – Dkyle Bridges and Kristian Jones – ran a prostitution enterprise in which girls and young women were sex trafficked throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and elsewhere. Bridges was the violent ringleader who used force and threats to cause the victims to engage in commercial sex acts. Kristian and Anthony Jones helped Bridges run the ring, including by providing security and reserving hotel rooms. The investigation began in November 2016 when local police rescued minors who had been advertised for prostitution on Backpage.com, and subsequent investigation uncovered additional victims.
Jones was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $15,160 in restitution to the victims.
Bridges was sentenced in March 2021 to 35 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $53,000 in restitution to the victims. Kristian Jones was sentenced in June 2021 to 20 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $15,160 in restitution to the victims.