blog post by John Hoff
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One year ago, a scared and traumatized 17-year-old told somebody her story, and that somebody contacted police "on behalf of" the 17-year-old. Police were mighty interested and interviewed the young woman. Eventually, Homeland Security was involved.
The 17-year-old said she met a guy named Julius Roman Stately on Facebook and eventually spoke with Stately at her mother's house. While using narcotics, the talk eventually turned to how the 17-year-old could make money as a prostitute....
Another female named Carlie Rae Martin was present at the conversation, and is now charged along with Julius Roman Stately of sex trafficking.
The 17-year-old went on to describe how Stately took photos of her in lingerie and posted advertisements on Backpage.com, an entity where legal "escort" services almost always turn out to be illegal prostitution services. Ads were also posted for Carlie Martin.
The victim had sex with a number of men for prices between $150 and $220. Stately, the pimp, would provide transportation, condoms and hotel rooms. But instead of getting a generous cut of her earnings, the victim reported Stately kept her money and only provided her food and drugs. The prostitution took place in hotels in Plymouth, Bloomington, and Brooklyn Center.
The victim claims Stately had recruited 19 girls ranging in age from 15 to 22. The victim was with Stately for a month, then broke up with him, then went back for about three weeks.
The 17-year-old reported Stately didn't drive himself but had a man known as "Celly" doing the driving. "Celly" had shared a prison cell with Stately and that's why he was dubbed "Celly," but his real name is Peter Rayfield Butterfly. Records show Butterfly rented a room at the Super 8 in Brooklyn Center for three days, March 19, 20 and 21 in 2013.
Though the incidents took place a year ago, it was only recently that Stately, Butterfly and Martin were jailed. Agents from Homeland Security are involved in the investigation.
Stately and Butterfly remain in jail while Martin is out on conditional release.
Martin is charged with prostitution, sex trafficking, and aiding an offender to avoid arrest. Her home address is listed on the jail roster as 843 Wheaton Street, Chippewa Falls, WI.
Butterfly is charged with two counts of sex trafficking and some charged that appear to be related to an auto accident. His bail is just over $75,000. His address is listed as 2442 Ogema Place in Minneapolis, rental housing owned by Little Earth United Tribes. Butterfly's mugshot can be found online, click here. His name comes up on a website of Native Americans who are under the jurisdiction of the Minnesota Department of Corrections, but the link to Butterfly's information went dead, apparently after Butterfly was no longer on parole.
A mugshot from 2002, when Butterfly was "only" accused of auto theft and possession of burglary tools, is also available online.
Julius Roman Stately, whose mugshot can be found online from the time he was accused of failing to register as a predatory offender while living in Red Lake, click here, has appeared three times on this blog's periodic publication of the Hennepin County Jail Roster, each time listing a different address.
In November/December 2012, Stately's address was listed as 6125 Vicksburg Lane, Plymouth, MN. In February of 2011, he was listed at an unknown address on the Red Lake Reservation. But it was sometime between January and June of 2013 that Butterfly was considered to be a resident of North Minneapolis, supposedly living at "29th and Emerson Ave. N." (No address more specific than that was listed for this accused pimp and trafficker, thank you very much)
With a major prostitution ring busted up and Homeland Security involved, you'd think the mainstream media would be all over this one, but so often mainstream media don't write stories unless somebody sends out a carefully-crafted press release. (Which the media then publish, virtually word for word, and all in a pack at the same time)
So who is really deciding what gets reported? The media? Or the government, by sending out a press release to wake up the mainstream media hounds, who then begin barking as though they've discovered something?
JNS blog prefers to find stories by actually working to dig the stories up (mostly by scouring the jail roster) rather than waiting for a government-approved press release to bring the office fax machine to life.