MAYS LANDING – A Bridgeton man pleaded guilty today to human trafficking for sex with an adult victim, First Assistant Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.
Marcus E. Tukes, 47, of Industrial Boulevard, Bridgeton, pleaded guilty Wednesday to second degree Human Trafficking.
Tukes acknowledged that he provided lodging to one of the victims with the knowledge and purpose to promote the victim’s prostitution. Tukes requested bail pending sentence which was denied by the Judge Waldman.
“Marcus Tukes is a predator, pure and simple. He has made a career of perpetuating human slavery through prostitution. Under Prosecutor Tyner’s leadership, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to rehabilitating victims of human trafficking, while aggressively pursuing and prosecuting those who force them into the sex trade industry against their will,” First Assistant Prosecutor Shill said.
Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 17, 2017 and Tukes will receive a 10-year sentence in a New Jersey state prison, according to the plea agreement.
In March, An Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Tukes, for:
• Human Trafficking, the State alleging that Tukes “did knowingly hold, recruit, lure, entice, harbor, transport, provide or obtain…a child under the age of 18…to engage in sexual activity as defined in” the prostitution statute—a crime of the 1st degree,
• Endangering the Welfare of a Child, that Tukes “did knowingly engage in sexual conduct with…a child under the age of 18”—a 3rd degree crime,
• 2 Counts of Human Trafficking, the State alleging that Tukes “did knowingly hold, recruit, lure, entice, harbor, transport, or obtain” two adults to engage in prostitution, one of the victims being held by “causing or threatening to cause serious bodily harm or physical restraint,” and the other victim held by “facilitating access to a controlled dangerous substance”—crimes of the 1st degree, and
• Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (cocaine)—a 3rd degree crime.
An investigation by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force resulted in the arrests of Tukes and Courtney H. Glose, female, 31, of MacDonald Place, Brigantine, NJ, on December 2, 2016. Both suspects were originally charged with Promoting the Prostitution of a Child under the age of 18—a 1st degree crime and with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Conspiracy—both 3rd degree crimes. The arrest was made without incident at the Knight’s Inn of Absecon, NJ.
The focus of the investigation was the exploitation of a female child under the age of eighteen for the purpose of promoting prostitution.
The Child Exploitation Task Force located and ensured the protection of the female juvenile victim two weeks before the arrests of Tukes and Glose.
This Child Exploitation Task Force—staffed by members of federal, state, and county law enforcement agencies (the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New Jersey Department of Human Services Police, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office), conducted this investigation with two primary goals:
1. To identify and prosecute those involved in the sex trafficking of minors, and
2. To recover the minor victims to ensure their safety and provide them access to the services they need.
Senior Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Buckley represents the State in the matter.
Anyone with information regarding the exploitation of children for child prostitution in Atlantic County is asked to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Task Force at the 24/7 telephone number 1-800-CALL FBI (1-800-225-5324), the local FBI office at (609) 677-6400, or the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 909-7800.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.