US Citizen Charged with Human Trafficking of Eastern European Women in Detroit

January 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

A wanted fugitive accused of smuggling women from Eastern Europe to work in strip clubs in Detroit was arrested at JFK Airport in New York on human trafficking charges. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Veniamin Gonikman, 55, was one of their top 10 fugitives. Gonikman was charged in Detroit in 2005 in a 22-count indictment with trafficking in persons, forced labor, alien smuggling, money laundering, extortion collection and conspiracy, among other charges. He absconded from the United States before being formally charged. Gonikman, a US citizen, was arrested in Ukraine before being deported to the US. According to court records, Gonikman came to the attention of federal agents in 2005 when one of his victims escaped and agents later confirmed he was operating a company called Beauty Search, Inc.The indictment alleges that Gonikman, along with his co-conspirators, formed and operated Beauty Search as a corporate cover for a human trafficking operation which smuggled and harbored Eastern European women in the US. (newscore)

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