IDs of young victims in Pineville sex trafficking, forced labor case to be protected

Identities of three young victims alleged to have been forced to work and trafficked by a Pineville man will be kept concealed after a protective order was granted last week.

Both the prosecution and defense agreed to the motion, which U.S. Magistrate Judge H.L. Perez-Montes signed on Dec. 2. This motion and others later were transferred to U.S. District Judge Dee Drell, who granted them on Monday.

Darnell Fulton

Darnell Fulton, 36, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Lafayette in mid-July on eight counts, including allegations that he trafficked for sex two of the female victims younger than 16, that he subjected all three to physical violence, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, withholding of food and forced them to bake brownies to sell with daily quotas.

The other victim was younger than 12, according to the indictment. Fulton allegedly took the children out of school and waterboarded them, too.

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