State Police, Andover Police Charge Man With Running Prostitution Ring

This morning Troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police High Risk Victim Unit (HRVU) and Andover Police officers arrested JOSHUA TONEY, 34, of Boston.

The arrest was the result of an investigation by the HRVU and Andover Police Department. The investigation found that TONEY had lured a woman from the Midwest to Massachusetts with the intent of using her for prostitution. Evidence suggests that he arranged for that woman to work with another woman. The second woman used the Internet to arrange for the clients for both women. The clients met the women in Andover, and TONEY would then collect the money the women were paid.

HRVU Troopers and Andover officers obtained an arrest warrant for TONEY on April 13 and executed it today, April 14. He was taken into custody in the Boston Municipal Court, where he had a hearing on an unrelated case.
TONEY was charged with:

-Trafficking of persons for sexual servitude;

-Deriving support from earnings of a prostitute (2 counts); and

-Procuring a person to practice, or enter a place for prostitution.
TONEY is being prosecuted by the office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. TONEY was arraigned today in Lawrence District Court and ordered held without bail pending a hearing next Friday.

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