MAYS LANDING— A Quincy, Massachusetts man was sentenced on Dec. 7, 2017, to 10 years in New Jersey state prison for human trafficking, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Galen Spriggs, 39, was sentenced to 10 years for the Human Trafficking of an adult female. Spriggs pled guilty on November 15, 2017, to a single count of Human Trafficking, acknowledging that he transported the female victim from Boston to Atlantic City under threats of serious bodily harm in order to gain and maintain control of the victim and then force her into prostitution. Spriggs was sentenced before the Honorable John Rauh to the 10 year prison term.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force and the Atlantic City Police Department.
On July 24, 2017, the Atlantic City Police Department contacted the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force in reference to an allegation of Human Trafficking. The FBI/CETF, which is comprised of law enforcement officers from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department and the NJ Human Services Police Department, initiated a cooperative investigation that resulted in the arrests of three individuals. The defendants are identified as:
- Galen Spriggs, 39, of Revere, MA
- Jovana Jensen, 37, of Revere, MA
- Laraza White, 24, of Revere, MA
Spriggs, Jensen and White were each charged with one count of first degree Human Trafficking and one count of third degree Promoting Prostitution. The defendants were transported to the Atlantic County Justice Facility. The defendants were remanded pending a detention hearing. The 23 year-old victim was recovered and received services from the Dream Catcher Program.
The case was handled by Senior Assistant Prosecutor Danielle S. Buckley of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit.
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 http://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.