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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 — A Chicago man was taken into custody this morning after it was learned that he was keeping females against their will, giving them heroine several times a day and forcing them to work as prostitutes, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

Dajuan BrownDajuan Brown, 35, was arrested by Cook County Sheriff's Police early this morning at his apartment, located on the 1400 block of North Laramie in Chicago. Sheriff's investigators obtained a search warrant after they had learned of drug activity within the apartment and collected statements from witnesses who claimed to have been forced into working for Brown in the past. A search warrant was then executed this morning and he was taken into custody, without incident.

This morning Brown was charged with 10 counts of involuntary sexual servitude and 1 count of aggravated human trafficking, both class X felonies, each count punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Brown has been arrested approximately twenty times in the past on charges including weapons offenses, armed robbery and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

There were two female victims that were removed from the apartment when Brown was taken into custody. They will be provided care by the Cook County Sheriff's Department of Women's Justice Services.

Brown will appear in bond court tomorrow at 26th and California. We would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in the efforts to bring Brown to justice.

Last July, a Chicago man who had been arrested by the Cook County Sheriff's Police on human trafficking related charges was found guilty and he was sentenced to 18 years in prison. This was the first conviction of its kind in Cook County. Sheriff Dart has worked tirelessly to bring awareness to the heinous widespread human trafficking problem in Cook County, and nationally, and hopes that heavy sentences will continue for those who traffic women.

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