2 arrested, accused of running illegal commercial sex business in Ogden

Thursday , November 30, 2017 - 5:15 AM3 comments

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Two Northern Utah residents are accused of operating a “massage and cleaning business” as a front for an illegal commercial sex business in Ogden. 

Demari Dehan Dontrae Anderson, 35, and Veronica Jaramillo, 33, have been charged with multiple felonies in connection to the illegal sex business they allegedly ran. 

Anderson has been charged with seven second-degree felonies, including a pattern of unlawful activity, human trafficking for sexual exploitation, kidnapping, money laundering, theft of a motor vehicle, and two counts of aggravated exploitation of prostitution. He was also charged with exploitation of prostitution, a third-degree felony, and four misdemeanor offenses. 

Jaramillo has been charged with a pattern of unlawful activity, and money laundering, both second-degree felonies. 

An investigation by the Utah Attorney General’s SECURE Strike Force revealed the illegal sex business. Charges against both Anderson and Jaramillo were filed by the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

According to charging documents, the two recruited “several women” to work for the illegal business. 

Many of the witnesses to the illegal business told police they were lured into the business under false pretenses. One witness told police she began working for Anderson voluntarily because she believed they were dating.

Over time, the witness told police Anderson became more violent. Charging documents say that Anderson once told the witness that he would kill her and her family and burn her parent’s house down if she left him. 

Another witness who allegedly worked at the illegal sex business told police Anderson slapped her after an argument. When she tried to leave, Anderson told her she could not, and that she was now “his hostage,” charging documents state. 

In the charging documents, Jaramillo was described by one witness as a manager of the business who would set up “dates” with clients, meet with clients and post advertisements. 

Another witness told police Jaramillo recruited her to the business, and she told the witness that other employees of the business were “performing sex acts” for clients, documents say. 

This isn’t the first time Anderson has faced charges regarding prostitution and human trafficking. 

In 2010, Anderson pleaded guilty to federal sex trafficking charges, which are similar to the charges he’s been accused of now. Anderson was given the maximum sentence of five years, according to the Deseret News. 

Dan Burton, a spokesman for the Utah Attorney General’s Office, said prosecutors have not decided whether or not Anderson’s charges will be prosecuted on the state or federal level. 

As of Wednesday evening, Anderson was being held at Weber County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 cash-only bond. Jaramillo bailed out of Weber County Jail on Nov. 22. 

The next court appearance date for both Anderson and Jaramillo is scheduled for Dec. 19 in Ogden. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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