A former Lowell man now living in Florida was charged with federal human-trafficking and gun charges yesterday stemming from his arrest last year at a Revere hotel, near the one where he allegedly used threats of force and a gun to keep two Oregon women turning tricks for him via ads on various "adult" Web sites.
Angelo Dominic Lombardo, 27, was formally charged with two counts of sex trafficking by force, threats of force, fraud and coercion and one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.
He was already behind bars awaiting trial on state charges of trafficking for sexual servitude and deriving support from prostitution after his arrest last July 15 by a task force made up of Boston, Revere and State Police and the FBI. And he already had a record that included being sentenced to three years in jail in Broward County, FL for possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute and possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana.
According to an affidavit by an FBI agent on the case, Lombardo met the two women in Portland, OR, where he promised one a better life and offered the second a hotel room for a few days when she needed a place to stay. Both agreed to go on "dates" he would arrange and turn over the money to him - all of it in the case of one of the women and about 90% in the case of the other. Eventually, both flew to Boston - one by herself, one with him - because he felt Boston was less "restrictive" than Portland and because he knew the area and how to make money there, the affidavit states. He set them up in the Avid hotel in Revere, but also got a room at the Aloft Hotel in the Seaport, and began advertising them on Web sites. He himself stayed at the Hampton Inn in Revere, in a room registered to a third woman, the affidavit says.
And he made sure to keep them in line, the affidavit continues:
Victim #2 advised law enforcement that the SUBJECT had threatened her with a firearm while they were in Oregon. Victim #2 stated she was supposed to make $2,000 for the SUBJECT, but only returned home with $500. The SUBJECT put a gun to her head and made her go back out to make the full $2,000. Victim #2 further advised that the SUBJECT would not let her leave and told her that he knew her mother and threatened to kill her mother.
Victim #2 also provided investigators with a video of her holding a black firearm with an extended magazine and red laser sight. Victim #2 stated that the video was taken a few weeks ago in Oregon, but that the gun in the video was the same gun she saw in the SUBJECT’s vehicle in Massachusetts.
His life on the outside of bars began to unravel on July 10, according to the affidavit, when the first woman's mother flew here from Oregon, picked up her daughter and, from East Boston, called Boston Police, who then sent an officer to meet with them:
In this initial interview, Victim #1 reported the following: she was being “pimped out” by Angelo Dominique - Lombard. Victim #1 and the SUBJECT flew on July 3, 2021, from Portland, Oregon, to Boston so that she could engage in commercial sex. The SUBJECT set up meeting spots throughout the city for Victim #1 and her customers, where she was paid for commercial sex. She did not feel like she was being kidnapped but feared that the SUBJECT would retaliate if he knew that she was speaking to police.
Later that day, in a second interview, this time with members of the BPD human-trafficking unit, she said, according to the affidavit, that they had met in Portland, OR:
The SUBJECT told her that she would have a better life, have money and not worry about anything, and promised her financial stability and more. The SUBJECT arranged a photo shoot for her, where she was photographed by an unknown individual clothed, partially clothed, and completely nude. Some of the photographs that were taken of her during the photo shoot to post advertisements of her on websites including Tryst, Mega Personals, Seeking Arrangements, Eros, and Snapchat.6 The SUBJECT, while she was still learning, and Victim #1 arranged dates through TextNow; Victim #1 would have sex with the dates, get paid, and leave. 7 The SUBJECT set the pricing of Victim #1’s dates: $400 per hour, $650 for two, and $2,000 for an overnight. She was paid with cash or via CashApp. Ultimately, the proceeds would go to the SUBJECT, who gave her money if she needed it for things like food. Victim #1 reported that she was working for the SUBJECT in Oregon for approximately two and a half weeks before arriving in Massachusetts. Victim #1 stated that she went on at least ten dates in Oregon and made close to $5,000, all of which went to the SUBJECT.