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Police arrest man suspected of nearly 20 years of sex trafficking in and around New York

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Grevy Gerard Pierre-Louis is accused of sex trafficking, prosecutors said.

MIAMI, Florida — Police arrested a Queens man alleged to have forced girls and women to prostitute themselves in New York for nearly two decades Wednesday morning.

Grevy Gerard Pierre-Louis, also known as “Cadillac Slim,” was arrested at his Miami home and charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, interstate transportation of minors for the purpose of prostitution, use of interstate commerce to promote unlawful activity and operating a child exploitation enterprise, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

“People see human trafficking every day in this city, but may not realize it because this crime that can be hidden in plain sight,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Diego Rodriguez. “The subject in this case allegedly used violence and intimidation as weapons, using these women as disposable chattel to line his pocket.”

Pierre-Louis, 44, allegedly started victimizing young girls and women in New York, and a number of other states between New York and Florida, in 1998, Bharara said. He faces a minimum of 20 years in prison if convicted.