Source: United States Department of Justice
PITTSBURGH, PA – A man from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a woman from Kensington, Maryland, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges related to sex trafficking, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.
The five-count Indictment, returned on May 19 and unsealed today, named Philip Walker, a/k/a Phillip Walker, a/k/a Sean, a/k/a Sean Santana, a/k/a Money, 36, and Anjali Lindsey, 22, as defendants.
According to the Indictment, from in and around November 2019 to April 2022, Walker and Lindsey conspired to commit sex trafficking by force, threats of force, fraud or coercion, on adult females, known to the Grand Jury, causing these adult females to engage in commercial sex acts. The conspiracy charges that their conduct occurred in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Texas. Walker and Lindsey are also charged with interstate travel or transmission, using the internet and cell phones, in aid of the prostitution business.
Further, Walker is separately charged with two counts of sex trafficking two different adult females, known to the Grand Jury, using force, threats of force, fraud or coercion to cause them to engage in commercial sex acts. He is also charged with inducing and enticing of one of these adult females to travel from Ohio to Pennsylvania with the intent that the adult female engage in prostitution.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence, as to Walker, of not less than 15 years to life in prison, a fine not to exceed $250,000.00 or both. As to Lindsey, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to life in prison, a fine not to exceed $250,000.00 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Narcotics Division, conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.
The sex trafficking charges in the indictment concern specific victims. Additional members of the public who may have information about Walker and Lindsey’s involvement in sex trafficking are encouraged to call the FBI’s Pittsburgh Field Office at (412) 432-4000.
This prosecution is part of Operation T.E.N. (Trafficking Ends Now). Operation T.E.N. serves as an umbrella coalition for law enforcement, community, and non-profit partners in the 25 counties in the Western District of Pennsylvania. This coordinated effort aims to end human trafficking through education and improved cooperation across agencies and service providers, thereby enhancing the office’s ability to empower victims of human trafficking to become thriving survivors.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.