Bruce Damico thought he was safe selling girls on Craigslist. Thanks to Bloomfield, Connecticut Police, who know human trafficking when the see it, Damico is now in jail and may stay there for decades.
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Hartford has returned a five-count indictment charging Bruce Damico, 32, formerly of Hartford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; and Queens, New York, with child sex trafficking and related offenses.
The indictment claims that between July 2009 and January 2010, Damico recruited, harbored, and transported a minor to engage in commercial sex acts, (all federal offenses under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 – TVPA) and that he benefitted financially from his participation in that venture. The indictment further alleges that Damico used the Internet to post sexually explicit photographs of the minor when advertising her for commercial sex.
If convicted of the charges, DAMICO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of life.
While this a major story in the fight against human trafficking, the story was barely mentioned in local media.
Damico has been detained in state custody since his arrest by the Bloomfield Police on January 22, 2010. The case is being investigated by the FBI and the Bloomfield, Connecticut Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David E. Novick. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood initiative is aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.