Miami preacher, Ron Cooper is accused of forcing boys into prostitution and drugs, cops say.
According to the Miami Herald:
Ron Cooper is facing human trafficking charges after he forced male minors into prostitution, authorities said.
According to the arrest report, Ron Maurice Cooper, also known in the market as “Romeo,” recruited several male teenagers, 16 to 18 years old, by telling them they could make money by modeling. On the arrest report, he lists his occupation as a preacher.
He faces human trafficking, false imprisonment, sexual activity with a minor and drug charges, a report by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office Human Tracking Unit said.
According to the report, the teens had been introduced to Cooper through a friend and they initially met with him to get their photos taken.
After the photos were taken, Cooper arranged separate follow-up meetings with the teens, Cooper, and who the victims thought would be the photographer. But when the aspiring models arrived at the hotel room for the photo shoot, they were met with a man who informed them that the meeting was to engage in sexual activities, the report said.
All the victims said that was their first time having intercourse with another man and that they felt like they had to do it because they were scared, the report said.
According to the report, Cooper used sites like Backpage, Craigslist and Badoo to post the victims’ photos and negotiate sexual acts and prices with clients.