Donnell Baines Sentenced to 50 Years for Operating Sex-Trafficking Ring out of Upper East Side Apartment

Press Release

On April 1, 2013, Donnell Baines was sentenced to 50 years in state prison for operating a sex-trafficking ring out of his Upper East Side Apartment. On October 24, 2012, Baines was convicted by a jury of Rape in the First Degree, Sex Trafficking, and Promoting Prostitution for using physical force and threats of violence, in addition to other forms of coercion, to compel women to engage in prostitution. In at least one case, Baines required a woman to prostitute herself inside the defendant’s apartment, at several Manhattan hotels, and in even another state. To force her to stay with him, Baines took their identification, claimed he would expose private information about them, and threatened to harm their families in order to prevent his victims from leaving him.